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Published on November 3rd, 2017 | by Joe Scott

Visitors From Across The World Are Huddling Inside This 87-Year-Old’s Antique Shop

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Walking past the row of shophouses along Neil Road, you might be forgiven if you had overlooked the Say Tian Hng Buddha Shop.

With just the shop’s name in Chinese at the shop front, there isn’t much else to indicate that this is Singapore’s last surviving Taoist effigy shop.

Through Airbnb’s new “Experiences” section, one can sign up for a rare behind-the-scenes look at this small family-run business, which I promptly did when I first chanced upon its listing.

Led by Tze Yong, whose father currently runs the shop, the two-hour session brought our small group of ten participants on a whirlwind journey through the mythologies of some of the deities featured in the shop, as well as the history of the Ng family and their vanishing craft.

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