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Old meets new at Jalan Besar, a fast-developing foodie enclave that’s awash in history and charm.
A heritage district with a distinctly playful and trendy character, Jalan Besar - Malay for ‘big road’ - started out as just a swampland dotted with palm, fruit and betel nut trees. Its heyday was in the 1920s, when a boom in the rubber and tin trade made this industrial area of shophouses and factories a site of raucous entertainment. Today, it’s a truly exciting neighbourhood to explore, chock full of surprises at every turn.