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Nanyang Gateway Arch (part 1)

Although more than half a century old, the Nanyang Gateway Arch still evokes powerful emotions among Chinese-educated Singaporeans and Malaysians.

Some colleagues have asked me where the Arch is located.

There is a replica of it in the garden in front of the Chinese Heritage Centre on NTU Campus. However, the location of the original arch is outside the campus. It is near the junction of Jurong West St 93 and Upper Jurong Road. Look for HDB Block 980. Opposite HDB Block 980 you can see a Caltex petrol station.

[picture courtesy of Lam Chun See; see also this link]

The old Nanyang University Arch is located next to the petrol station. Incidentally, you can buy old postcards of the Arch (not from the petrol station but from souvenir shops). The postcard shows an attap house next to the Arch and some people in white shirt and shorts (the common attire of 50 years ago).

The Arch has the year 1955 at the top. Compare this with a more recent photograph of a NU Alumni gathering reported in the NTU Staff Digest.
Nanyang University Arch

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Written by Ivan Chew

14 October, 2007 at 10:07 pm

Posted in Year 2001