Tekka Place Reimagined Via New Placemaking Concept, TEKKA 1001

Wall of Stories

Tekka Place Reimagined Via New Placemaking Concept, TEKKA 1001

From left: Story contributor and business owner at Tekka Place Elizabeth Sakunthala, Kelvin Lum, Director, Lum Chang Holdings, guest-of-honour Minister of State Alvin Tan for Culture, Community and Youth, Lim Yeong Seng, Chairman, Millet Holdings, and Logarangini Annanthan, story contributor and business owner at Tekka Place  
  • Official launch of Tekka 1001, on Saturday 25 Sept 2021 by Guest-of-honour Minister of State for Trade & Industry and Culture, Community & Youth Alvin Tan
  • Tekka 1001 Brings Diverse Communities Together Across All Formats
  • Aims to Revive Age-Old Tradition Of Story-Telling And Story-Sharing in New Ways

Singapore, 25 September 2021— A new way to experience Tekka takes place today with the official launch of Tekka 1001. Tekka Place, an integrated development comprising a 70,000 square feet retail mall and the 320-unit Citadines Rochor, launches Tekka 1001, an experiential placemaking experience designed to enhance the way Singaporeans interact and learn within the spaces of a mall and its locale.  

Resulting from a partnership between placemaker Millet Group, mall developer Corwin Holding, content activator Invade, and retail veteran Pow Lay Kuan, Tekka 1001 will rejuvenate designated spaces of the mall to forge engagement, and drive curated experiences for visitors to Tekka Place.

These ideas take form through innovative concepts in food and beverage, lifestyle experiences, and placemaking initiatives.

What Tekka 1001 Is: A mix of community engagement programmes, retail and lifestyle experiences within Tekka Place and Tekka Place Annex, 2 Serangoon Road.  

  1. Community Engagement: 1001 Stories for the 21st Century

Launches Sat, 25 September

 What visitors can look forward to are the Wall of Stories, part of the the story-telling initiative called 1001 Stories for the 21st Century. This is an initiative that encourages connections and interactions within the community through sharing stories, both individual and at the group/community level. Through the placemaking efforts of Tekka 1001, 1001 Stories for the 21st Century is about the sharing of stories across different platforms and formats which enable people to connect through shared experiences. This extends to the creation of art and creating works to build community among different age groups or different walks of life. [See Annex for details.]

  1. Interactive Retail Experience: Singapore’s First Instant Noodle-Themed Experience Playground Slurping Good! 

Launched Fri, 24 Sep 

The instant noodle retail playground, Slurping Good!, opened on Friday, 24 September and runs until 30 January 2022. Produced by space activator Invade, this interactive museum brings to life the highly-popular snack and one of the most-coveted food items during last year’s Circuit Breaker.

Slurping Good! features 13 interactive installations over two levels. Tickets at Slurping Good!

Kent Teo, Founder and CEO of Invade, says: “One of the goals with our permanent location is to provide patrons with an all-rounded experience that is fun for everyone. Upon entering our location at Tekka Place, they will be greeted not only by great food and shopping experiences but by an experiential playground like no other. With Slurping Good!, visitors get to enjoy a themed interactive experience that ties in perfectly with Eatbox and Marketplace and completes their experience at Tekka Place.”

  1. Innovative F&B

EATBOX Currently Operating

Eatbox was officially opened to the public on Friday, 3 September 2021, and features flavours from around the region with local twists. Some of these vendors include Sugarush, Butcher The Burger Bar, Soul Good Noodle Bar and Chickata. More on Eatbox here.

Tekka 1001 is designed to be a vibrant enterprise-community-driven experience with a diverse mix of retail and lifestyle activities for visitors to explore and enjoy. The name Tekka 1001 is a nod to the Middle-eastern collection of folktales One Thousand and One Nights, a collection of stories that trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Egyptian, Indian, Persian, and Mesopotamian folklore and literature.

Historically, the Tekka neighbourhood has been an enclave of diverse ethnic communities — the Chinese, Indians, Arabs, Portuguese, Europeans – who have lived here in pre-war times. Drawing on the area’s history, the synergistic partnership shares a goal of enlivening Tekka Place with Tekka 1001, by creating a social space for the community, bringing together art and design students, creatives, entrepreneurs and the like, to connect with each other through recreation and commerce, creativity and entertainment.

Mr Tony Fong, Director of Corwin Holding, Tekka Place’s developer, says: “There is a real need for a reimagining and rejuvenation of the existing retail landscape. Right now, there’s no better time to explore and rediscover places within our borders. Through retail and lifestyle experiences curated by Tekka 1001, we see the mall as not only a shopping destination, but also a place where people can connect with history, culture and each other through shared experiences. Tekka 1001 is about bringing people closer together across various formats.

Added Ms Sum Wai Ying, project manager of Tekka 1001 and representative of placemaker Millet Group: “Tekka Place is amplified by its backdrop against a cultural precinct.  Through Tekka 1001, we hope to share stories encompassing themes that celebrate the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, and related themes of compassion and resilience. Tekka 1001 is about the tangible and intangible connections that add warmth and energy to our lives.”


Tekka Place is located at 2 Serangoon Road between Rochor and Little India MRT stations.



Ms Yu-Ming Siow

TRCL group of companies


+65 9641 5608


Corwin Holding Pte Ltd

A partnership between Lum Chang Holdings Limited and a fund managed by LaSalle Investment Management Asia Pte Ltd to jointly develop and manage Tekka Place. Comprising a 10-storey Main Block and 7-storey Annex Block, the integrated development includes a hotel, an outdoor rooftop area, along with a diverse mix of 80 curated retail outlets. For more news and information, visit www.tekkaplace.sg 


INVADE is a creative space and content activation company founded in 2010. Known for its innovative retail and events concepts, INVADE manages pop-up retail stores, co-working spaces and runs some of the largest flea markets and artisan markets in Singapore. INVADE also hosts large-format creative activations such as Artbox and Shilin Singapore, bringing the best of creative markets from the region with each city’s installation infused with local flavour. For more details, please visit http://Invade.co.

Millet Group 

Millet Group was incorporated in April 2016, and is TRCL’s enterprise arm, which includes placemaking. Millet Group aims to accelerate industry links for creative entrepreneurs and create  business networks and collaborations for creative industries. Millet Group is part of TRCL’s vision to be  an end-to-end roadmap to provide education, content and employment to Singapore’s arts, culture  and creative industries.