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Ama means "Grandmother" in Teochew and Hokkien, and Keng means "Temple".
The Ama Keng Chinese Temple in Lim Chu Kang was built in 1900 to worship the holy mother, a goddess of peace and happiness.
The first temple was made of attap and was renovated in 1943 with a zinc roof and timber. In 1965, it was redeveloped with a tiled roof, and the temple holds wayang performances a few times a year.
It was demolished in the late eighty's when the nation consolidated the population into flatted housing ~ thus, ending its almost a century history.
Nearby, the Ama Keng Primary School building still exists and is converted to a foreign worker dormitory.
Ama Keng Primary School came into being in September 1951. Its first building was 3 single-storey blocks with 14 classrooms. The school functioned with 53 pupils.
Over the next 12 years, the enrolment increased ten-fold to over 570. Between 1965-1973, student population again doubled. As such, an expansion program was launched. The result was a 4 storey-block of 12 classrooms and a hall-cum-canteen in 1973.
During the 1970s, Ama Keng Primary School also became an integrated school and a Chinese-medium class was started. But by the 1980s, Chinese medium classes were phased out.
In March 1990, it merged and moved to South View Primary School which is located in Choa Chu Kang.
The existing GZ had a police post in its glory days; the villagers visited the wet market and provision shops for their grocery across the main road where the restricted fencing is now standing.
Good memory to recall and missed those kampong days ...
- Ama Keng ClinicOperated by our potential President - Dr Tan Cheng Bock.
- Ama Keng in the 70's ...zinc roof shop houses, big red "STOP" sign, overhead power cables, ..... were signs of prosperity during that period in this village.
- Ama Keng School badgeKeen !
- New Extension Opening Ceremony1973
Last Updated: on 2/3/2017 3:54:47 AM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (11:54 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum