Right here in Commonwealth Crescent, you can still partake in one of the most blissful services-available only for men. Sin Palace has been grooming the neighbourhood's male residents for more than 30 years and Mr Ong is one of Singapore's last experts in the traditional art of ear cleaning, an experience which was truly heavenly and relaxing! He offers a decent shot at the sides, a clean shave and some nose trimming to follow. Mr Ong and Sin Palace is yet another icon of Queenstown.
Mr Ong Choon Kwee moved to Queenstown after the Bukit Ho Swee fire. He explained that he had learnt this trade from a friend who lives in Sembawang. In the 1960s and 1970s, there were hundreds of such saloon offering traditional hairdressing for men but there were only 20 such hairdressing shops left in Singapore today.
The traditional equipment for hairdressing
Rows of Seats
Opened every day from 9am to 7.30pm (except Friday), Mr Ong has raised 3 working children with his sincerity and professionalism. He has plans to retire, like the other traditional hairdressers, due to a lack of business and younger folks to take over his shop.
Mr Ong posing proudly in his shop
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