Historically one of Singapore’s oldest urban quarters, Kampong Gelam is a neighbourhood where age-old traditions and trendy lifestyle come together in a heady blend.
The word ‘kampong’ means “compound in Malay, while “gelam” refers to the long-leaved paperbark tree, commonly found in the area and used for boat-making, medicine and even as a seasoning for food.
The district has a history that dates back to Singapore’s colonial era, when Sir Stamford Raffles allocated the area to the Malay, Arab and Bugis communities. Since then, the area has evolved into a haunt for hip travellers and connoisseurs of culture alike.
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Once an enclave for Singapore’s Chinese immigrant population, the Chinatown of today is much-beloved for its blend of old and new, with historic temples and traditional medicinal halls sitting alongside bold new bars and trendy lifestyle shops.
You’ll be able to spend an entire day exploring this vibrant district, which encompasses the neighbourhoods of Tanjong Pagar, Bukit Pasoh, Kreta Ayer and Telok Ayer. Whether you’re exploring century-old temples or making new friends at hip watering holes, there’s always a new experience to be had in Chinatown.
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Little India is a buzzing historic area that shows off the best of Singapore’s Indian community, from vibrant culture to incredible shopping.
You may not know that Little India once had a racecourse, cattle herders and brick kilns.
But while these places and people are gone, time stands still in pockets of this historic district.
Olden-day trades sit next to newer businesses: flower-garland vendors, modern eateries, boutique hotels, as well as arts groups.
[Read more about Little India on Visit Singapore’s website]
Bras Basah Bugis
Call it the Triple B if you must, but the Bras Basah Bugis precinct is the place to go for a slice of Singapore’s rich heritage, preserved architecture and palpable energy.
Head here for fine museums, national monuments and other institutions, such as art schools and the Central Public Library.
[Read more about Bras Basah Bugis at Visit Singapore’s website]