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As a country begins to modernize and develop, the infrastructure and landscape changes. But how much does modernization take away? Will we just simply forget about our culture and identity altogether?
Above is an image of inside a wet market in Singapore, there are countless stores inside that sell fresh produce daily ranging from vegetables to meat. Usually, there is also a hawker centre located in such markets that serve dishes like prawn noodles, carrot cake and bean curd. Slowly bit by bit, such places are disappearing with the introduction of supermarkets where there is little to no human interaction with the store owner. This is an entire generation that could very well go extinct in the next 10 to 20 years.
I grew up around such areas and used to remember my grandmother bringing me out to buy groceries in the morning when i was young. It was lively whereby store owners can be seen chatting with customers and neighbours greeting one another. The community spirit that existed there is something that i would never forget. The wet markets also existed as meeting places for people living in the vicinity.
Pardon my amateurish 360 video but i promise it will get better in the future. The video showcases the surroundings of the wet market and how it is positioned in the centre acting as the meeting spot for many. I took this video during the hungry ghost festival or "7th month" thus you can hear the music playing in the background.
Even though it is inevitable that such traditional places are slowly fading away due to modernization, it is important to note that Singapore has much more to offer than Marina Bay Sands or Sentosa Cove.
With virtual reality, memories of these places can now be brought to life and there is so much more to it than just a 360 video. Not only does VR provide for maximum immersion, it also allows users to relive that moment and allows people to visually or "physically" walk and explore the area.
The wet market is just one of the many traditions that exists here in Singapore and what i would like to encourage readers is to not forget the places that build up your identity.
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