16 Oct '11, 12am

'Hidden dragons' in Jurong to get heritage marker: The pair do breathe fire - but only to produce clay products

'Hidden dragons' in Jurong to get heritage marker: The pair do breathe fire - but only to produce clay products

Thow Kwang Industry managing director Tan Teck Yoke and his wife Yulianti (above) in the Thow Kwang dragon kiln (left). Built in 1944, it is the older of Singapore's last two wood- fired dragon kilns from the 1940s and 1950s. -- ST PHOTOS: CAROLINE CHIA By Judith Tan Two rare 'hidden dragons' in a secluded forest in Jurong are to be commemorated with a heritage marker. The pair do breathe fire - but only to produce clay products like pottery. They are significant because they are Singapore's last remaining wood-fired dragon kilns from the 1940s and 1950s. This is why the National Heritage Board (NHB) wants a heritage marker near the site of the two kilns, which are near Nanyang Technological University. Background story FIRE IN THE BELLY FIRE-BREATHING HISTORY Dragon kilns originated in south China about 2,000 years ago. Built to resemble the mythical serpentine creature o...

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