Bugis Street, possibly Singapore's most notorious night-spot, is to go by the end of 1984.
GV Bugis Street.
CU "Beware of pickpockets" sign.
SV Meat stall.
SV People eating.
SV People walking through Bugis Street.
SV ZOOM OUT FROM Buildings on street TO people eating in street.
SV Night Scenes; Jewellery stall, people shopping. (3 SHOTS)
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Bugis Street, possibly Singapore's most notorious night-spot, is to go by the end of 1984. The nightly haunt of transvestites and tourists in search of cheap, tasty food will be affected by sewerage construction with a rapid transit project. Not only will the street's 160 hawkers be affected; all the old houses in the area have been earmarked for demolition as well. The demolition decision came after various proposals, including one to turn the famous eating area into a food centre, had been rejected. Despite the dangers inherent with a stroll down Bugis Street -- a prominent sign warns of just one of them; pickpockets -- throngs of tourists have been attracted to the area over the years. The food is not the only draw. Other attractions are the late night shops, where a sparkling necklace can be bought for a loved one, and the sheer magic of the night-time atmosphere.