Should Istana Woodneuk, in Singapore’s ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ estate Tyersall Park, be preserved for its heritage?

When art educator Dahlia Osman was a child, she would visit her grandparents during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr at a house in a sprawling estate near Singapore’s Botanic Gardens.Known as Tyersall Park, the estate, which belongs to the royal family of Johor, once housed a large palace called Istana Tyersall, which was demolished in 1935. There was also a smaller mansion known as Istana Woodneuk, which burned down in 1925. In its place, Istana Wooden York was built, but became known to the…


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