Kampong Glam

Kampong Glam, Singapore: Address, Phone Number, Kampong Glam Reviews: 4.5/5

Kampong Glam
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Its major landmark, the Sultan Mosque, sits in the heart of this enclave and is open to all visitors, as is the nearby Malay Heritage Centre, where you’ll learn about Malay history and culture.
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Michael T
Singapore, Singapore2,067 contributions
Charming narrow streets with character
Nov 2021 • Solo
Kampong Glam is a charming little enclave with narrow streets filled with small hotels, restaurants and shops selling merchandise catering to the Malay, Arabic, Middle Eastern communities and customers.

I chanced upon a colourful wall mural (facing Victoria Street) painted by Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic. Just by admiring the bright “children in the shopping trolley” was sufficient to brighten my day.

There is also a Vintage Camera Museum in the neighbourhood (corner of Victoria Street and Jalan Kledek) for any photography enthusiasts.

Note: Kledek means sweet potato.

The nearest MRT station is Bugis. Best approach is exit at the Downtown Line (blue line) and walk along Victoria Street.
Written 24 November 2021
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Erico2709
Singapore, Singapore1,912 contributions
Hidden gem
Aug 2021
We are local Singaporeans and yet, after 50+ years, this is the first time my wife and I explore the small streets. Indeed when you walk down the street, it does transform you to a very Middle Eastern feel with the Turkish restaurants and small cafes around.
Written 20 August 2021
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Chelsea B
Milton Keynes, UK1,876 contributions
Muslim quarter
Dec 2019
Singapore's "Muslim Quarter", which has transformed over the years from an Islamic hub full of Arab traders to a Hipster pilgrimage, loved this area
Written 13 November 2020
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kim buay p
Singapore, Singapore10,974 contributions
"So much to see and enjoy"
Nov 2020
"Kampong Glam" was derived from the Gelam tree which grew in abundance in the area long ago. One group of immigrants was the the successful and influential Arab traders who left their indelible mark when streets in the area were named after Arabian cities such as Arab Street, Bussorah Street, Muscat Street and Baghdad Street in the early 1910s

For my self-guided walk, I focused on some heritage buildings, type of shophouses, some murals and rest stop for food to replenish the energy and to rest the legs. The following is the route I took with my friends. We met at Nicoll Highway MRT station.
1) Hajjah Fatimah Mosque dubbed as "Leaning Tower of Singapore"
2) The Sultan heritage hotel
3) Alsagoff Arab School
4) Former Chong Cheng and Chong Pun School (now Aliwal Arts centre)-An example of Art Deco/Tropical Deco building with the iconic flagstaff at the front facade.
5) North Bridge Road where there is a row of colourful Early Shophouse style quite like those colourful houses in Burano.
6) Between North Bridge Road and Victoria Street, there are five lanes named after fruits [Jln Klapa-coconut, Jln Kledek-sweet potato, Jln Pisang-banana, Jln Pinang-areca nut and a graveyard (Jln Kubor)]. There are some murals by Ernest Zacharevic on the walls of the shophouses facing Victoria Street. At Jln Pinang, there are two Yip Yew Chong's Murals titled "Kampong Glam" and "Satay Man".
7) Sultan Mosque
8) Bussorah Street (pedestrian zone). It is flanked by a row of simple Early style shophouses on one side and, on the other, by Late style shophouses with elaborate façade ornamentations. Thirteen of them ( the only ones left in Singapore) have retained original window shutters that can be swung out into the five-foot-way to display goods. An example can be seen at No.41
9) Gelam Gallery can be found in the two back alleys on either side of Bussorah Street. it is an open air art gallery.
10) Malay heritage Centre
11) Gedung Kuning
12) Kandahar Street.
No. 18 is a typical Art Deco building.
No 20 is only unit with a pop-out balcony (Shanghai Deco style)
Nos 44-54 are examples of Late Shophouse styles with lots of ornamentation. Many displayed fretwork decorations on the eaves of the roof, thus reflecting the influence from traditional Malay building design.
13) Rest stop at Got Luck cafe at Kandahar Street
14) Baghdad street- cafes offering teh halia and teh tarik
15) Sultan Gate used to be popular for its blacksmith shops but there is none left here. There is a Yip Yew Chong Mural here depicting the different ways of making coffee.
16) Haji Lane-narrowest street in Singapore with lots of attractive, colourful murals
17) Bali Lane with its Pita Bread shop and the corner, huge and colourful mural at the junction with Beach Road.
18) Lunch at Prince Coffee House at Beach Road.
19) After lunch, we walked along the colourful Arab Street to our bus stop at Victoria Street.
Written 6 November 2020
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL13,732 contributions
The Malaysian Muslim Quarter
Feb 2020
Singapore has 3 ethnic influenced neighborhoods and the Kampong Glam is the Malaysian Muslim district. The others are Little India and Chinatown. The Kampong Glam is original neighborhood provided to the Sultan and Temenggong when the British colonized. Today is an enclave of smaller, traditional merchant homes surrounded by high rises. While I felt this neighborhood offered the least to see in terms of attractions (essentially the Sultan Mosque is it), it does offer great shopping on Arab Street and Haji Lane. It is one of the 3 neighborhoods you have to see, but really just plan to shop.
Written 2 April 2020
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK151,202 contributions
Area with lots of sights
Mar 2020
This district is what used to be known as the Muslim Quarters and many of the sights, landmarks and streets give testimony of its former name. Some of the best landmarks and sights in this area include The Gem Museum, Masjid Sultan, Arab Street and the psychedelic Haji Street. It’s worth coming here to see the many attractions.
Written 10 March 2020
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IRHS
Rochester191 contributions
Interesting neighborhood
Feb 2020
I did a walking tour here and they were able to explain the history of the area, showed you the best places and where to take great photos
Written 8 March 2020
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Jim M
Melbourne, Australia81 contributions
Fascinating and still very authentic!
Feb 2020
Singapore is a very modern, immaculately clean and green city. But if you want to escape the high-rise glitz, go to Kampong Glam. Glam definitely doesn't mean glamorous!! That said, it is an authentic neighbourhood with original style houses and shops and a "real" feel to it. My wife was particularly impressed with the number of fabric shops offering a massive range of fabrics of every quality from around the world. The silks were really beautiful. There's also a big range of Middle Eastern restaurants to choose from.
Written 1 March 2020
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nadia089
Huddersfield, UK541 contributions
An interesting area
Feb 2020 • Couples
A lovely area for wandering about,its got little narrow lanes packed with cafes and small boutiques.Parts of the area you feel like your in Turkey with the building decor and all the colourful tiles and lights.
Written 13 February 2020
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daisysnicks
Salisbury, UK127 contributions
Historic and colourful
Feb 2020
There are a number of interesting streets and colourful shops to wander around in this historic trading part of the city. Easily accessible by bus from the main parts of Singapore
Written 6 February 2020
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