Old Tan Tock Seng Hospital

Founded by Tan Tock Seng (1798-1850), the Old Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) at Jalan Tan Tock Seng was actually the third TTSH in its long history. The original TTSH was established on Pearl’s Hill (off Upper Cross Street) on 25 July 1844 before it was moved to another site near the junction of Serangoon Road and Balestier Road.

The current TTSH, which is opposite the Old TTSH, was completed in 1996 and became full operational three years later. Both the first and second TTSH were demolished ages ago, while the building of the third TTSH is still around, standing proudly but abandoned on the hill of Moulmein Road. The forgotten pale blue hospital had served the community well from 1909 to 1999.

For more than 165 years, TTSH’s mission is to provide affordable healthcare for the poor. Over the decades, many prominent businessmen and philanthropists donated large sums of money to keep the hospital going.

Other than Tan Tock Seng, who first donated $5000 to build the original TTSH, pioneers of Singapore such as Tan Kim Cheng (son of Tan Tock Seng, 1829-1892), Syed Allie Bin Mohammed Aljunied (1814-1858), Gan Eng Seng (1844-1899), Loke Yew (1845-1917), Ong Kim Wee as well as the Chinese community subsequently donated money and land to build and develop better facilities for the hospital.

During World War II, the Japanese took over the hospital for their military use and renamed it as “Hakuai Byoin”, which means “Universal Love Hospital”. TTSH was converted back as a civilian hospital immediately after the war.

In 1961, TTSH was handed over to the government. It was not until 1 April 1992 when the hospital was restructured to be a government-funded but independent healthcare entity.

It is unknown whether the Old Tan Tock Seng Hospital will be demolished in the near future or be conserved as a heritage building. One certainly hopes that this charming old building will remain as it is so that our future generations will remember the hard works and contribution of our forefathers.

Published: 21 March 2011

15 Responses to Old Tan Tock Seng Hospital

  1. marshall chua says:

    hey am i allow to go in this hospital?

  2. McClair says:

    Hi, in the local movie “Money No Enough”, there was a scene where Hui’s (played by Henry Thia) mother gets hospitalized. I recall visiting this hospital when I was a child but I just cannot remember the name of it. I wish i could provide a picture but unfortunately not. My guess is it was the old toa payoh hospital.

  3. Hi does anyone know what organisation is managing this building now?

  4. Melissa Tan says:

    It’s beautiful! i hope it’s gonna conserved.

  5. Lee says:

    The building will house the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine of the Nanyang Technological University in near future, with a new extension to be built.

  6. Boon says:

    The building is being rennovated and refurbished. It should be ready in 2013. TTSH
    Some part of old TTSH is being used by Ren Ci Nursing Home and Singapore Christian Home for the aged. These low rise buildings are still around but they are expected to move somewhere else. The old 1 storey buildings are likely to gove way for development.
    Go and capture the pictures and record it for future.

  7. K.M. Wong Dr. says:

    The pictured buildings were used from 1945(or earlier) till 1957 as a The TTS Hostel for Medical students. studying at the Medical Faculty of the University of Malaya.. at Sepoy LInes. I lived there until the new King Edward Hall was built over the FMS Hostel. The Entrance is via Mandalay Road.
    The Mount Alvernia Nurses Hostel was to the back of the Hostel on the Main entrance road to the TTS Hospital.

  8. Nesh says:

    Is the place open still?

  9. jason says:

    I was wandering around the area and realized that this building has been converted into the new LKCMedical Centre. Cheers!

  10. Benjamin says:

    The first Old Tan Tock Seng Hospital is it still there?

  11. andythc says:

    great facts remembersg i been hape

  12. MSBS says:

    Is the building still there? Whats the address as I couldn’t find it in Google Maps (satellite images)

    • grace says:

      hey, I used to live opposite this about 15 years ago and about 4 years ago it was knocked down and they made a new road and building (Imperial College London is in its place) You can find it on Google Maps Street View (if you go back to 2009), it is at Martaban Road/Mandalay Road.

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