Back-alley Room


There is no signboard. Only lights, some mismatched chairs, and a tiny hallway leading into smaller rooms at the back. Tucked away from the bustling streets of Little India, people come through these doors in search of intimacy or a quick release.


In recent years, tightened regulations and gentrification have placed significant strains on businesses. "We just go day by day right now," shares 80 year-old Mr Seng, who has run his business for over two decades. "This stretch has become very quiet... Give it another 10 or 20 years, and this place will be no more."


This series is part of an ongoing project on different communities that live and work in the Rowell and Desker Road district in Singapore.

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