Saying Goodbye to Thambi Magazine Store: A Singaporean Icon Closes its Doors

    Thambi Magazine Store. Just the name evokes a rush of memories for many Singaporeans. Tucked away along Lorong Liput, this humble newspaper and magazine stand has stood as a beacon of familiarity for over 80 years. But now, its doors are closing, and the bustling chatter of passersby has turned into whispers of farewell.

    The news of Thambi Magazine Store’s closure has rippled through the community and many people have come to visit this iconic magazine stand for a final time. Some to browse magazines as before, some to say farewell to the shop owner and some to take photos for keepsake.

    Many familiar faces, presumably residents who frequented the area, gathered around Sam, the store owner, engaging in small talk about his future plans. Yet, beneath the surface, there lingered a palpable sense of loss.

    Thambi Magazine Store occupies a strategic spot along Lorong Liput, where foot traffic flows seamlessly from the nearby hawker center to the newly opened One Holland Village. Its shelves, meticulously curated with colorful magazines, invite passersby to pause, browse, and immerse themselves in a world of stories and knowledge.

    It’s a scene that will be one for the history books very soon.

    Thambi Magazine Store joins the ranks of countless other beloved establishments whose closures mark the end of an era.

    I’m reminded of the importance of preserving memories in the face of change. For me, photography has become a lifeline—a way to capture fleeting moments and immortalize them in pixels. Each snapshot serves as a testament to the beauty of the everyday, a tribute to the places and faces that shape our collective identity.

    Farewell, Thambi Magazine Store. Your presence will be deeply missed, but your legacy will live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to have known you.



    Kevin Yeo
    Kevin Yeo
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