Tiong Bahru is one of my favorite local treasures. Why? the juxtaposition of old and new is most apparent here. The shophouses and the famous Tiong Bahru market evoke images of a young Singapore with the traditional way of life it represents, on the other hand the new cafes represent the westernization of society and our embracing of globalization. The existence of the old and new harmoniously makes it such a perfect encapsulation of Singapore and thus a must-visit for all tourists.