Even if you’ve yet to see the iconic site in person, we’re pretty sure you’ve seen it on your Instagram feed. Built in the 1970s, this mosaic-clad dragon play structure is the poster child of retro playgrounds in Singapore. Back in the good old days, children would slide down its colourful back. Today, safety hazards have gotten in the way of that, but the beloved playground still holds significant sentimental value as the only dragon playground with a sandpit in Singapore – head down for a dose of nostalgia. Alternatively, it makes an ace backdrop for the 'gram.
If you're born in the 70s or 80s – or even the early 90s – you'd remember playing at one of the many mosaic playgrounds in Singapore. The ubiquitous playgrounds began with then-HDB designer Khor Ean Ghee who brought his ideas to life in 1979 with the use of concrete, terrazzo, and mosaic tiles. Besides adding colour to the heartlands, these playgrounds also double as social spaces for families, friends, and neighbours to bond.
Today, most of these playgrounds have been demolished for modern ones which are easily distinguished by its plastic and metal features, as well as rubber mats. Only a handful of the mosaic playgrounds still stands today – get ready for a major #throwback.
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