Exploring Singapore's Ethnic Enclaves
Collected by Arwen Joyce, AFAR Local Expert
From Chinatown to Katong (a traditional Peranakan neighborhood in the east) and Little India to Arab Street, check out these diverse neighborhoods that highlight Singapore's multiethnic roots.
3 Muscat St, Singapore 198833
Visit three distinct neighborhoods in central Singapore to get a feel for the cultures that have contributed to the city’s pan-Asian identity. You can start in Chinatown, where the high rises of the central business district give way to foot...
181 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427452
If you're doing some soul searching in Singapore, come to Katong, an East Coast community full of character and characters. Easties grow up here and never leave (those who do spend the rest of their lives pining for the laid-back,...
244 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058793
Sri Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, dating to the early 19th century. In Singapore, South Asian Indian immigrants have brought their culture to their new homeland. These temples are unique, with colorful statues adorning...
141 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 218042
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is a Hindu temple located in the center of Little India on Serangoon Road in Singapore. The Temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali. The building is constructed in the style of South Indian Tamil temples, and the...
River Valley Rd, Singapore 179037
The Thimithi Festival, or Fire Walking Festival, in Singapore is a major Hindu festival celebrated during the month of October. It's purpose is to venerate and honor goddess Draupadi. Legend holds that Draupadi was made to walk on burning coals...
347 Serangoon Rd, Singapore
Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple is a popular landmark in Little India, where much of Singapore’s sizable Tamil Hindu community works and worships. Originally a simple building on a plot of land, the temple became something entirely different in...
9 Commonwealth Ln, Singapore 149551 Commonwealth Ln, Singapore 149551
It's pretty unusual for built-up and densely populated Singapore to have much open space, but in the midst of a popular public housing estate and just a five-minute walk from Commonwealth MRT lies this strange sight: a small plot of gravestones...
85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501
This museum hosts exhibitions on the history of the Kampong Glam neighborhood and the Malay community in Singapore in six permanent galleries and two temporary galleries. The gardens on the centre's grounds are a lovely place for a stroll or a...
245 Victoria St, Singapore 188032
If you wander in and out of the alleys near Victoria Street you'll see a lot of whimsical paintings on formerly bare walls. Haji Lane has always had its share of Instagram-worthy murals but the trend seems to be spreading throughout the...
5 Campbell Ln, Singapore 209924
When exploring Little India, pop into the Indian Heritage Centre to learn about the history of this vibrant neighbourhood. In addition to exhibitions, talks and guided tours held inside the center, the IHC is also developing a Little India...
Koon Seng Rd, Singapore
When snacking and shopping in the East Coast neighborhood of Joo Chiat, veer off the main street to see some iconic Peranakan architecture. The wealthy Peranakan merchants had a penchant for flamboyant design, as demonstrated by the “Painted...
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