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May 2012, Katong, Singapore - Katong is a residential area in the east of Singapore near the seafront. Formerly located by the sea, land was reclaimed all the way to East Coast Park to provide more land for housing and recreational purposes due to shortage of land in the late 1960s after Singapore gained independence.
Katong was the location of many villas and mansions of the wealthy elite in the late 19th to the mid 20th centuries, who made their fortunes in the Far East and built seaside resorts, villas and manors along the beachfront of Katong, beginning from Katong Park to the end of the East Coast. Here a new mall, called '112' has sprouted in this quiet neighborhood.
Peranakans are people of mixed Malay, Chinese and Caucasian Heritage. Here a shop-museum is dedicated to this group of people.