Arab Street and Kampong Glam Information
Arab Street and the Kampong Glam area form one of Singapore’s three major cultural enclaves – the other two being exciting Chinatown and colourful Little India. The name "Kampong Glam" comes from two Malay words: kampong, meaning "little village" and "glam," the name of a type of tree that grew in abundance in this part of early Singapore.
By day, the area characteristically quiet. Tourists stroll the streets and avenues, explore fabric and craft shops, and admire the mosque’s classic beauty. When evening comes, though, the neighbourhood blossoms into a vibrant, hip meeting place, especially popular with the younger crowd. You’ll see them relaxing and chatting in street-side terraces, gossiping over drinks and Chi’cha, listening to music and just having a great time.
The Yellow Mansion, also known as Bendahara House, is a former Malay place, now situated within the Malay Heritage Centre. Erected in 1860, the building once belonged to the grandson of Sultan Hussein. Today, the city’s government maintains it, having transformed it into a fine Malay restaurant and a popular venue for traditional Malay weddings. In honour of its heritage, the building is painted a rich yellow – the traditional royal colour.
Located at Kampong Glam’s Sultan Gate, the Malay Heritage Centre once was known as the Sultan Palace and home to the royal Malay family. Covering area of approximately 8,000 square metres, the cultural centre celebrates the history of the Malay culture, as well as organizing traditional events. The Singapore government recently renovated the entire building and the new museum opened on 1st September 2012, featering 6 galleries with over 337 artifacts showcasing the rich Malay culture. Certainly well worth a visit if you happen to be nearby.
Situated on Muscat Street, at the very centre of Kampong Glam, the Sultan Mosque is the most important mosque in Singapore, and a national monument. Its golden domes and wide prayer halls are highlights, and popular photo subjects for visitors. The mosque was built by Swan and Maclaren Architects – one of the oldest architectural firms in Singapore. The firm is famous for its prominent projects during British colonial days, including the Goodwood Park Hotel.
Images: Courtesy of Singapore Tourism Board
Photographers: Ng Wei Chean, Wynn Lei Phy
Kampong Glam- Shophouses
Little India Jewelry Boxes
Kampong Glam- Bright Facade
Fort Canning Park Lion Statues
open Durian Fruits
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