Singapore, Asia's most cosmopolitan city, is famous for its multicultural spirit. This mini-guide will take you on a day trip to Singapore's most enchanting ethnic quarters: Little India, Chinatown and Kampong Glam (Arab Street), where you can see how this city-state's different groups coexist in harmony, while retaining their traditions and customs.
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Summary: Today's trip will take you to Singapore's Nibbling snacks from authentic eateries is one of most enchanting ethnic quarter: Little India, the most enjoyable sides of strolling the streets Chinatown and Kampong Glam (Arab Street), where of Little India. you can see how this city-state's different groups coexist in harmony, while retaining their Komala Vilas, on Serangoon Road (Between the traditions and customs. corner of Dunlop and Upper Dickson) has been serving scrumptious vegetarian fare at Little India used to be the enclave of Singapore's reasonable prices for God knows how many Indian community during early colonial times, when years... Kulfi Bar, on No. 15 Upper Dickson, is ethnic quarters were built under the British policy of known for its lovely home-made Indian ice cream ethnic segregation, and although it stopped being an (Kulfi), while Sakunthala's Restaurant, on 151 "Indian only" suburb long time ago, it still maintains Dunlop, serves a variety of both vegetarian and its unique character, and its streets boast an non-vegetarian specialties and is particularly enormous variety of authentic shops… From colorful famous for its Dosa (Thosai): A South-Indian style sari boutiques, emporiums and heavenly scented crispy crêpe, stuffed with various fillings and spice shops to traditional eateries, inexpensive served with different sauces and deeps on the electronics and computer shops, and video shops, side... where Bollywood's latest releases can be found… We will get to Little India MRT Station at an early Back to the corner of Serangoon Road, turn right and hour of the day. Leave the station via exit E to start walking up the street… Sri Veeramakaliamman Buffalo Road, where you can visit Tekka Centre: A Temple, on 141 Serangoon Road, was built in the recently renovated shopping centre, boasting a large 1880s in honor of Kali, Shiva's wife and destroyer of wet market and a food court, where you can choose evil, and features the South Indian Dravidian style, between numerous stalls, serving different Indian with a distinctive Gopuram "pyramid" rising atop of foods, as well as vegetarian Malay and Chinese its main gate, covered with sculptures and figurines delicacies. There are also quite a few shops here of Hindu deities, alongside mystic animals from the that sell a wide range of stuff... From Indian fashion Hindu mythology and other ornamental decorations. and inexpensive casual clothes to Taoist and Buddhist paraphernalia, and from tailor shops to Continue walking up Serangoon Road and you will henna salons, you name it… reach Mustafa Centre, Singapore's super-store, which spans across two connected buildings near the As soon as you leave Tekka Centre, turn right and corner of Serangoon and Syed Alwi, on the other side continue walking along short Buffalo Road to its end, of the street from the Hindu temple (Serangoon where you cross Serangoon Road, Little India's main Plaza is on 320 Serangoon Road, while Mustafa thoroughfare, and visit Little India Arcade, on the Centre is just around the corner, on 145 Syed Alwi). other side of the street. This traditional shopping centre occupies a cluster of old shophouses and From here, cross Serangoon Road and walk via small boasts a wide choice of traditional shops that sell Owen Road to Farrer Park Station, where you board everything India has to offer… the MRT and travel to Chinatown. From Little India Arcade, proceed to Campbell Lane, Upon arrival, leave Chinatown MRT Station and take turn left to Clive Street and right to Dunlop. On the a pleasant stroll through the historic streets where corner of Clive and Dunlop there is a well-known Chinatown sprung from two centuries ago, including emporium shop, called "Haniffa Textiles", which has Pagoda Street, Trengganu, Temple Street and Smith been selling a wide range of Indian and international Street (on 335 Smith Street there is a fantastic food clothes for more than 50 years. They also offer a centre, where you can have an "authentic" lunch). decent choice of cameras, electronics, handbags and what have you... Walk back through Dunlop to the Click HERE to view and download ALL corner of Serangoon Road, turn right and right again, our Singapore online-guides, for FREE ! to Upper Dickson Road, which runs parallel to Dunlop and boasts some nice shops and cheap eateries... Move onwards to Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and found, selling fabrics, carpets, basketry and bric-a- Museum: An impressive Tang-style building on 288 brac… Turn left to Muscat Street to visit Masjid South Bridge Road, where the relic of the tooth of Sultan, Singapore's largest and most significant Buddha is kept, in a gold stupa. Other than the holy mosque, and continue to Istana Kampong Glam, just remnant, there is a lavishly decorated temple here, a heartbeat from the mosque, where the imposing and a Buddhist Culture Museum, where hundreds of manor that was once the palace of the Sultan of beautiful Buddhist artifacts are on display. Johor can be seen. Daily, 7am – 7pm (The holy chamber can be seen Nowadays, Istana Kampong Glam accommodates the 9am – 12noon and 3 – 6pm), Free entry. Website Malay Heritage Centre and the Malay Heritage Museum (both are currently under renovations), From here, take a few minutes' walk to Sri where you can learn a lot about the history of Mariamman Temple, on 244 South Bridge Road Singapore's Malay community and its culture (near the corner of Pagoda Street), one of through historic artifacts, multimedia and diorama Singapore's earliest and most significant Hindu displays, as well as other exhibits (For details, visit temples, which was built originally in 1827, as a their website). simple wood and palm structure, dedicated to Mariamman, the main South Indian mother goddess Still within the compound of Istana Kampong Glam, and a protector from diseases. The existing brick Gedung Kuning (Yellow Palace) houses a nice building started its life in 1843 and has since been restaurant called Tepak Sireh, where you can enjoy expended and modified a few times. You can then traditional Malay delicacies in a pleasant proceed to visit neighboring Masjid Jamae Mosque, surroundings. which was built in the 1820s and features an eclectic architectural style. In Bussorah Street, the pedestrian mall in front of Masjid Sultan Mosque, there are quite a few The Eu Yan Sang Medical Hall, on 267 South Bridge handicraft and curio shops, as well as one or two Road, just across the street from the Hindu temple, cafés. specializes in Chinese herbal medicines which are prepared on spot, right before your eyes... Even if Continue walking down Arab Street, turn right and you don't feel like trying any of their 'exotic' immediately right again, and visit Bali Lane and Hajji products, it is still recommended to visit the place. Lane, two parallel alleys where some hip shops and cafés are located… Walk through Smith Street to the end and use the pedestrian bridge to cross New Bridge Road, turn left You can wind up the day at Bugis Junction Mall, right and walk along the road to Outram Park MRT next to Bugis MRT Station, where a good choice of Station, from where you can travel to Bugis. cafés and restaurants can be found, or at Bugis Village, on the other side of Victoria Street, where a Leave Bugis MRT Station via exit-B, turn right to "night market" is held every evening, with a good Victoria Street and after a few minutes right again, to choice of street stalls and quite a few hawker stands, Arab Street, where plenty of 'exotic' shops can be where you can indulge on authentic street foods. Fantastic hotel rates throughout Asia! Click NOW for some of the best available rates in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo and Seoul. Copyright © 2011 Asia-Pacific Guides Ltd. All rights reserved.
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