Little India Singapore
Little India Singapore, true to its name, is a great example of a culture prevailing inside another culture. The majority race in Singapore is Chinese but once you enter Little India Singapore, you will observe the opposite. You will feel that you have arrived in India. This is a big area that has both residential and commercial properties. Most of the shops, restaurants, offices are run by Indians and maximum residents are Indian too. Because of the cultural similarities, Many Bengalis and Pakistanis are living in this area as well. The area is also popular among those who love to wander at night.
The Area very densely populated, and the commercial area is very congested as well. Singapore is a beautiful country and hence the government has done great measure in keeping the area clean and maintained. It is one of the most expensive areas of the country because of the commercial prospectus as the shops stay filled with customers and tourist. This is also a very popular destination among tourists who want to explore the rich culture of India & Pakistan within Singapore.
Tourists visit Little India Singapore for many reasons. Some come for shopping, some come to absorb the environment, some come to experience the temples and mosque. Many locals also keep visiting the area because it is said, what you cannot find anywhere in Singapore, you will find it in Little India. We will discuss the Shopping experience, temples, mosque and other highlights later but first let me tell you what happens in Little India on weekends.
Visiting Little India Singapore on Weekends
To be honest, you will not experience anything like this anywhere else in Singapore. On weekends the streets of Little India Singapore are flooded with Indians, Pakistanis, Bengalis who gather in this area from all over the Singapore. Yes, almost all of them gather in Little India on weekends. This means, the area becomes heavily crowded. You will see people sitting on side of the roads, in the grass, on the footpaths and outside shops.
Many come here in groups or come here to join groups. They play cards, games, talk and drink. Most of them are the labors, who work hard all week at different projects and when they finally get their day off, they find Little India a place to relax and socialize. There are many small fun fare games designed to attract these labors. There are numerous lucky draw kiosks and special offers on shops for the visitors. The area gets so jam packed that you will have to pave your way through the human storm.
Traffic will be Jam in this area, mobile signals also don’t work good on weekends and you might not find a taxi for hours. If you have a flight to catch, plan you visit here carefully. There is a subway station very near but you it won’t be easy to travel with luggage because of the crowd.
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7 Attractions in Little India
24 Hours open Mustafa Centre
Mustafa Centre is one of the most famous places in Singapore for Shopping. For a very long time, this was the only 24 hours shopping centre in Singapore. It is still the biggest department store in Singapore. Mustafa Centre is famous for providing everything under one roof. The indoor shopping centre provides everything and anything that you can think of. From big & famous brands to unbranded stuff, the mall is so jam packed with products that they have to form narrow aisles to accommodate everything inside.
If you want to buy a container of Gold, you can buy from Mustafa Centre. A section of mall is filled with watches and accessories. Food, groceries and products from all over the world can be easily found in one place. There is an active restaurant inside the shopping centre. There is a whole section of garments, shoes and accessories as well. Laptops, cool gadgets and products you don’t see commonly are also available in abundance at this place.
The mall is open 24 hours for the customers and has a very good security. Singapore is a safe country and you can come at this place anytime at day or night for shopping and you will see a lot of people here all the time.
Temple of 1000 Lights in Little India Singapore
This temple called as The Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple was built by a Thai Monk in 1927. There is a tall Buddha statue of 15 meters which weighs around 300 tons. There is a chain of lamps that surround the Buddha statue, that is why the temple is also referred to as Temple of 1000 Lights.
The Temple is located between the Farrar Park MRT station and Little India MRT Station. Anyone can enter in the temple but must be dressed modestly to respect the worship environment. The Temple is a fine example of Siamese culture.
House of Tan Teng Niah
This house is a 2-storey colorful villa, that dates back to 1900. This house is one of the very few remaining Chinese structures in Little India Singapore. Tan Teng Niah was a Chinese businessman who owned sweet factories in this neighborhood. It is said that he built this house for his wife. The attractive colors of the building are being done by the local community.
This is a famous place for history lovers and who admire the old and Chinese structures. These days the building is used for commercial purpose.
Leon San See Temple in Little India Singapore
One of the attractions in Little India is Leon San See Temple. This was built to honor Guan Yin, the Chinese Goddess of mercy. Many students visit here to pray for their academic success. Many families also visit here to pray for their family union and love. During the important days in Lunar calendar, the temple offers free vegetarian dishes to the visitors.
The building is very beautiful with red and golden colors embedded in the structure. The pillars and walls have many carvings or mythical beings.
Abdul Ghafoor Mosque in Little India Singapore
This mosque has been nominated as a national monument of Singapore in 1979. Also called Masjid Abdul Ghafoor is one of the oldest mosques in Singapore dating back to the 1800s. The place is famous among visitors because of the beautiful Saracen architecture that integrates western classic motifs. There is a very beautiful Arabic-styled Cupola, which is supported by pillars that are inspired by Roman architecture. Visitors must dress modestly before visiting the site to respect the worship environment.
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
This is one of the busiest and most beautiful temples in Singapore. This Hindu temple was built in 19th century. The temple has hundreds of colorful statues that are placed on the exterior of the temple and can be seen from a distance. Entrance is free for anyone, but the temple is very crowded on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. You should dress respectfully to respect the worship environment. There is also a wedding and multipurpose hall at the temple to serve the Hindu community functions.
Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple
Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple is also one of the famous temples in Little India Singapore. The temple looks a bit similar to the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple because of the exterior features. This building is very colorful and is built to honor the Lord Krishna, one of the Incarnations of Lord Vishnu in Hinduism. The temple is also a busy place and visitors have to respect the environment of worship.