Friday, June 14, 2024

Singapore: Chinatown, Arab Street, and Little India

Singapore is a fascinating blend of cultures, religions, and languages. Although there are four official languages, uniting everyone is the English language, which is used in schools and enables everyone to communicate. Chinatown is known for its beautifully preserved architecture, striking temples, and bustling food markets, or 'hawker' stands, offering a wide variety of delicious food. 

Many of the homes are referred to as Peranakan heritage homes, the term denoting descendants of the first Chinese settlers who intermarried with the indigenous people.

Kampong Glam, or Arab Street, is not as large as Chinatown or Little India, but features an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, and shops. Dominating the skyline is the impressive Sultan Mosque, the largest in Singapore.

Little India is a frenetic street scene of markets, jewelry shops specializing in gold, and more than one stunning temple.

It is definitely possible to visit all three neighborhoods in one day, although make sure to check when the Sultan Mosque is open to non-Muslims if you are of another faith.

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