Several of Singapore’s highlights can be discovered in the diverse neighbourhoods of Little India and Chinatown! These two cultural precincts showcase grand temples, heritage rich sites and flamboyant markets!
Easily explored in half a day by foot, there’s no better way to encounter culture than by spending a morning or afternoon uncovering Little India and Chinatown.
The bright and bold colours of Little India reflect this bustling and interesting neighbourhood. There are many specialty stores along the main road selling anything and everything from saris to spices! Fragrant fresh flower stalls and enticing Indian cafes, selling the ever popular dish, “fish head curry”, line the street. Why not try a henna tattoo while you’re there, or visit the beautiful Hindu temple of Sri Veeramakaliamman, one of the oldest temples in Singapore. Little India is also the home to the landmark “Residence of Tan Teng Niah”, the last surviving Chinese villa in Little India and probably the most colourful house in Singapore!
Fragrant fresh flower stalls
Bustling markets (though this was a quiet morning!)
Inspiring street art
The bright and bold colours of the main street in Little India
The beautiful Hindu temple of Sri Veeramakaliamman,
The most colourful house in Singapore. Residence of Tan Teng Niah
Not far from the district of Little India, is the trendy shopping strip of Haji Lane, in the neighbourhood of Kampong Glam. If you’re after an eccentric shopping experience or would like to witness some hip street art, then Haji Lane is the perfect stop. Trendy independent boutiques offer a range of quirky knick-knacks and vintage fashion.
Quirky shops of Haji Lane
After all the activity of shopping why not head to one of Singapore’s most exclusive bars. The Atlas Bar is situated inside the “Gotham City” lookalike building, Parkview Square, in the Bugis neighbourhood. The exquisite decor and art deco aura of the Atlas Bar, suggests a “Great Gatsby” style and vibe. With a collection of over 1,000 types of gin from around the globe, a visit here is a must!
The mesmerising decor and bar of the Atlas Bar. If you look closely at the top floor on the left, you will see a ladder that they use to reach the bottles right at the top!!
Chinatown can be easily discovered by foot. The majestic Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, is a must. This historic Buddhist temple, where worshipers still gather to pray, is free to enter, just make sure you are dressed appropriately. The Chinatown Street Market is great for souvenirs and bargain shopping, and don’t miss the amazing food at Chinatown Food Street Hawker Stall where you can feast on traditional Chinese dishes from as low as SGD$5 a meal.
Diverse districts like these, teach us to understand more about the multicultural world we live in, and what a wonderful world it is! So make sure to visit the various contrasting neighbourhoods Singapore has to offer and enjoy the unique cultural experiences of the Little Red Dot as we did. 🙂
The sacred Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
Inside the temple
Chinatown markets and food hawker stalls
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
Address: 141 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 218042
Phone: +65 6293 4634
Residence of Tan Teng Niah
Address: 37 Kerbau Rd, Singapore 219168
Address: 600 North Bridge Rd, Parkview Square, Singapore 188778
Phone: +65 6396 4466
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
Address: 288 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058840
Phone: +65 6220 0220
Chinatown Food Street
Address: Smith Street, Singapore 058938
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