Kampong Glam is located near to the Singapore River and very near to the Rochor River. This Kampong Glam got its name from 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 keeps 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 are 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 street 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 a 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 spot in Singapore that holds the bond of Native-Malay and Muslim community. A place should be explored in Singapore!