Kampong Glam is located near to the Singapore River and very near to the Rochor River. This Kampong Glam got its name from the the Malay word 'kampung' or 'Kampong' means 'village', and the area was known for the Gelam tree (or Paperbark Tree) that grew here and was used for building ships at once. This area yet keep a strong ties to the Native-Malay and Muslim community. This is sometimes called as the Muslim Quarter. The Sultan Mosque near the Bugis MRT Station is located in the heart of Kampong Glam, which was built in 1824. This 190 years old mosques is considered as a major landmark of Kampong Glam. The Sultan Mosque is also one of the major tourist spots which is open to all visitors. Its excellent architecture, Islamic traditions, the prayer hall and domes of sultan mosque are the reasons for many tourists to visit this place. Now it’s time to get into the Bugis Street, which is considered as a mecca for shopper and considered as a most famous street market which allows the locals and international tourist to shops products like fashion accessories, electronics, souvenir, fruits and bakery products and still lot more!
Arab Street (A name of a road in Singapore, which is very near to Sultan Mosque) which is surrounded by brightly colored fabrics and textiles, hand-knotted Persian rugs, textile and carpet shops, and shops selling religious items used by Muslims, aromatic arab teas, boutiques and more shophouse is another place that is being loved by the tourists. Rather than just one road, Arab Street actually refers to the area including Bussorah Street, Haji and Bali Lanes and Muscat Street (where The Sultan Mosque is located). This Arab streets is a fashionista's paradise which is also famous for its dining as well, where tourists can get a chance to taste three cuisines (Arab Cuisine, Malay Cuisine and European Cuisine) at one stop called Arab Street. It also carters with number of coffee shops, Restaurants and Hotels to the local and international tourists. If you ever wish to explore the heritage and culture of Singapore’s Malay community then you must get to the Istana Kampong Glam, The Malay Heritage Centre former Malay palace in Singapore, which is located very near to the Sultan Mosque. This is considered as another famous tourist spots in Kampong Glam! In short, Kampong Glam is a famous tourist spots in Singapore that holds the bond of Native-Malay and Muslim community. A place should be explored in Singapore!
Chinatown is located in the Outram district of Singapore. It is not only a perfect place for tourist to explore the Singapore’s Chinese culture and history but even more than that. This is an amazing place for shopping as well as for dining. It also has many cafes, markets and traditional Chinese shops where many tourists love to spend their time here. Below are the few place where tourist to Chinatown must visit.
The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum (BTRTM) is a massive four-story temple & traditionally designed in Chinese architectural style. The temple dedicated to the Maitreya Buddha, means 'The Compassionate One', and also called 'The Future Buddha', also they host Weekly Free Guided Tour of Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. Its richness in history and art make plenty of tourists to visit here. This has become one of a popular attraction in Chinatown. This Temple has also won the 2015 Travelers Choice Award by Tripadvisor.
Masjid Jamae is one of the earliest mosques in Singapore, and is located in the South Bridge Rd in Chinatown. This is an old mosque (masjid) dating back to 1826 and was built in the eclectic architectural style. This mosque is also known as Big Mosque, Maideen Mosque and Chulia Mosque the among the Tamil Muslim community in Singapore. It was declared a National Monument of Singapore in year 1974.
Sri Mariamman Temple is Singapore's oldest Hindu temple that was built in the year 1827 in the Dravidian style. This temple was is one of the most prominent places of worship for Tamil Hindus living in Singapore. An annual fire-walking ceremony is held here every October or November which draws the attention of many tourist to here. It was declared a National Monument of Singapore in 1827.
"It is only in Chinatown in Singapore, where you can find a Mosque, a Hindu Temple and a Buddhist Temple located in close proximity as a sign of harmony!"
Chinatown Heritage Centre in Pagoda St is another tourist attraction in Chinatown that gives answer for the question, "How Singapore’s early Chinese migrants were lived at once in Singapore?" You can see various things that was used at once by the earliest people of Singapore. The soda bottles used at once, the cycle used at once, the hanging thanking notes of peoples who successfully reached Singapore safely from China via sea route, pictures of World War II, the gambling tables, flip board of the Chinese family name living in Singapore and all those very old things from Egg Baskets to Opium Pipe will tell you the colorful history! This is the place in Chinatown where history of Singapore is yet alive!
Chinatown Food Street in Smith St of Chinatown is one of the best places to eat cheap, tasty and authentic local food in Singapore. The street is very clean and hygiene and seem very busy in the evenings session, the quality of the food is good and quick with friendly service. As part of the renovations in 2013, city-planners installed a brand new roof, making this as a perfect all-day, all-time dinging spot in Chinatown whatever the weather is. This is right in the heart of Chinatown, a perfect places for foodies.
Yet Chinatown has some other places to visit like Pinnacle@Duxton Skybridge- A place where you can get the view of Singapore skyline, Hong Lim Park (Speakers Corner), Singapore City Gallery, Red Dot Design Museum- The largest design museum in Asia, Singapore Coin and Notes Museum, Thian Hock Keng Temple- The oldest and most important Chinese temple in Singapore which is dedicated to Taoist goddess named Mazu. Click the image below to visit the Official Page of Chinatown Singapore.