If you’re looking to experience the multicultural city that Singapore is, you can’t miss a trip to representative spots such as Little India and Chinatown.
Home to a few Michelin Starred food stalls at very budget-friendly prices. You can’t miss Hawker Chan Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle, one of the first hawker stalls in the world awarded one Michelin Star. Of course, it’s also your one stop destination to try all kinds of iconic Singapore local dishes.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
Not quite like a normal temple, the four storey building resembles a pagoda incorporated with red and gold. Apart from the massive collection of artefacts, check out the solid gold two metre high stupa where the sacred tooth relic is preserved. However, remember to avoid shorts, shirts, sleeveless and backless tops, or use a shawl when entering.
Sri Mariamman Temple
A three minute stroll from the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, make a trip to Sri Mariamman Temple, one of the oldest Tamil Hindu shrines in Singapore built in 1827. Serving as a refuge for new immigrants during the colonial period, the temple now acts as a point for community activities such as the annual Theemithi – a fire walking ceremony, in October and November.
Neighbour to the Sri Mariamman Temple, Masjid Jamae has a history of nearly 200 years. You may recognise it in the early illustrations and postcards of Singapore, it’s hard to miss it with its prominent ‘twin-tower’ design, distinctive front gate and minarets.
Thian Hock Keng Temple
Last on the cultural path is the Thian Hock Keng Temple, also known as the Temple of Heavenly Happiness, and is Singapore’s oldest chinese temple. It is fascinating to know that not a single nail was used in the original construction, which boasts detailed carvings and sculptures of dragons, phoenixes and deities.
Chinatown Street Market
Singapore’s not just about our fancy shopping malls. Located between Masjid Jamae and the Sri Mariamman Temple is a pedestrianized mall that offers a range of goods, anything from electronics, medicinal herbs, local snacks to traditional souvenirs.
Grab a cuppa
Well, you’re in a district with one of the longest histories in Singapore, get yourself a freshly brewed cup of Chinese tea! From usual teas such as Green Tea and Oolong to more special teas such as Long Jing and Tie Guan Yin, you can smell and enjoy the tea’s aroma before taking a sip. By the way, it’s a great idea for a souvenir to bring home too!
Immerse in street art
While shopping, take your time to appreciate the Chinatown murals. These are paintings that depict how Singaporeans used to live, on historic buildings. Be sure to snap a few pictures for memorabilia!
While exploring the murals, you may just get sucked in by the aroma of coffee beans brewing along the way. Located on the edge of the busy Chinatown district lies Everton Park, where some of the oldest shophouses in Singapore are. If you’re in the mood for cafe-hopping, you’ll find a number of hipster cafes around the area.
Keong Saik Road
Just a stone throw’s away from the bustling Chinatown is Keong Saik Road, which was once a red light district. Now, you can find local eats, French, Italian cuisines and the best bars in town. A perfect way to end your day!
With all the activities you could see and experience in Chinatown, you may just find yourself needing some extra fast cash to tide through the day! Of course, you wouldn’t want to find yourself holding out the cash for another round of drinks!
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