Farewell Funan

As a young boy growing up fascinated with the world of computers, Funan DigitalLife Mall (or just Funan as everyone calls the place for short) was like an IT heaven to me. The many stores selling different brands of computers and laptops, the stores specializing in games and even the giant IT super store at the top level, I could just wander around and window shop for hours in Funan.

When news that Funan would be closing end of June 2016, there were many questions floating around about what is going to happen to Funan and most importantly, what is going to happen to some of my favorite stores. While that is still a question mark for some while others have announced their plans, I just thought it would be nice to take a walk down memory lane about 3 of my favorite stores at Funan.

As a gamer in the early years of boxed games, Funan after school to check out the latest titles and pre-orders became part of my monthly routine. I remember GAMESCORE being the store to be at. From playing on their demo set outside the store to chatting with the knowledgeable store people inside, it was always something to look forward to. Sadly GAMESCORE be closing their shutters for good at the end of June 2016 and their Facebook Post sums it up nicely:

Another of my favorite store which has been a constant poison to my bank account is TK Foto Technic (Or just TK Foto for short). While younger in terms of years in Funan as compared to others, I have been going to TK Foto since they were in a much more humble place at beach road before moving and expanding to two stores in Funan. From ThinkTank bags to Sirui Tripods and Camera gear (which I have to admit I have spent enough to warrant complains from family & friends), this is the first place to go. Thankfully they are not going to close down but in fact moving to Plaza Singapura which for a Purple Line (North East Line) User, this is good news! Oh and for photographers, TK Foto is having a sale which offers good deals:

One of the stores that is almost synonyms with going to Funan is the mega store for IT retailer Challenger. Here you can almost get everything and anything related to IT Gadgets. Need a new router for your broadband? They have a whole section on networking. Looking for the latest PlayStation or Xbox console? They have a whole gaming area with demo stations. Or how about a new laptop bag to bring you’re newly purchased laptop (also with its own section)? Yup they have it too. While there is no news if Challenger will be back at Funan after the redevelopment, Challenger still has stores at other locations (even the heartlands) and have brunched out to an online store at https://www.hachi.tech/

I am sure frequent Funan shoppers will have their own favorite stores and memories there and it will be a void come end June at City Hall. While we still have no idea what is Funan going to become but with developers CapitaLand Mall Trust Management Limited (CMTML)  redeveloping Funan DigitaLife Mall into an “experiential creative hub”, let’s hope Funan will continue to be a noteworthy feature in the City Hall area.

By Kenneth Wong

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