Gate of the Dragon’s Tooth (龍牙門, Lung-ya-men)

Took this photo yesterday at Pulau Keppel (now called Marina @ Keppel Bay).


Near the area where I took this photo once stood a giant piece of stone that was shaped like a Dargon’s Tooth. Pirates used to live around this area from as far back as the 15th century until Singapore was colonised in 1824.

Traders from the East (mainly China) had to pass by Lung-ya-men to get to the West, and vice-versa. It’s amazing how maps from all over the world, dating as far back as the 14th century had already recorded Singapore (previously known as Temasik) in them.

The Dragon’s Tooth was unfortunately destroyed by the British. Nonetheless, today, a new set of Dragon’s teeth are being constructed, in the form of several condominium blocks.

Simply beautiful.