In collaboration with the Singapore National Heritage Board (NHB), National Environmental Agency (NEA), Federation Of Merchants’ Associations (FMAS), Google has worked to put Hawker Culture in Singapore on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
By establishing a more tangible online presence on Search and Google Maps, the organisations hope to raise awareness of Singapore’s hawker scene both locally and internationally. To this end, Google aims to provide immersive street view imagery from within individual hawker centres free for all to explore virtually.
Individual stalls will also be listed within the engine, with relevant information like stall name and number, along with readily-accessible photos. Each stall will also have a separate pin on Google Maps to convey their unique location within each hawker centre, making it convenient for visitors to quickly locate various stalls.
Beginning with hawker centres like Chinatown Market, Geylang Serai Market, Tekka Market, Maxwell Food Centre, and Golden Mile Food Centre, Google will collect indoor imagery for all 114 hawker centres in Singapore. This will impact about 6,000 local hawker stalls.
To achieve this, Google will deploy operators equipped with the new Street View Trekker, which consists of a state-of-the-art 360-degree camera mounted atop a wearable backpack.
This project is expected to be completed by early 2020 for users to access, both locally and internationally.