THE HEART OF GLAM: Lining the colourful and vibrant streets of Kampong Glam are rows of shophouses peppered with an eclectic mix of quaint cafes, restaurants, art galleries, and shops selling local wares and traditional crafts. The streets really come alive during the fasting month of Ramadan where vibrant cultural performances take place in the evenings, as everyone gears up for Hari Raya.
STORIED PAST: Shophouses play a distinct role in Singapore’s heritage, and in Kampong Glam, they have become one of the main draws. The multi-coloured structures, which have been
preserved, serve as merchants’ businesses
TREASURE TROVE: Hailing from Afghanistan, Mr Faizullah, aged 39, a store owner in Haji Lane, brings in handmade lamps and carpets – among other things – from countries like Turkey. The artful pieces festoon the ceilings and walls creating a gorgeous riot of colour. Kampong Glam is filled with shops selling unique spoils such as these.
REMEMBERING OUR ROOTS: On Muscat Street, stands the grand Sultan Masjid which was first built in 1824 and then rebuilt in 1928. It is one of the most important mosques in Singapore, as well as a prominent landmark in the Kampong Glam Malay Heritage District. The mosque welcomes visitors to learn and understand the religion and culture
of the Singapore Muslim community.
masjid sultan (2)
TURKISH LIGHTS:Coming in different shapes and designs, this lights are definitely a feast to the eyes as we walk along Arab Street.
EMBRACING ART: In recent years, graffiti drawings have become an increasingly common sighting on the walls of shophouses along Kampong Glam. These works of art often portray the character of the businesses, and adds a nice contrast against the colourful walls.
FOOD PARADISE: Foodies will delight in Kampong Glam’s culinary offerings. Among the myriad of eateries located in the neighbourhood, Hajjah Maimunnah, a restaurant and caterer which offers traditional Malay cuisine, there are also less conventional eats such as a halal Swedish café called Fika on Arab Street.
COLOURFUL TRADITION: Textile stores are a mainstay on the streets of Kampong Glam. The reason for this can be observed just before Ramadan, when Muslim families purchase fabrics to make traditional clothing. For women it is known as the “baju kurung” and for men, the “baju melayu”.