Regarded as a multinational country in the heart of Asia and listed as one of the cleanest cities in the world, Singapore is an attractive destination for tourists for its rich mix of cultures like a sparkling kaleidoscope. For this reason, the country provides wanderers with various cultural locations to explore its diverse beauty. Let’s find out!
1. Joo Chiat
Joo Chiat’s identity is shaped primarily by the pre-war architecture of the house – two storey high-rise shophouses (houses and shops) with colorful exterior design, and rows of similarly sized houses, with well-decorated facades, sophisticated patterns and wall tiles.
Walking through the neighborhood, you can admire the carefully preserved Peranakan shophouses, as well as colonial-style bungalows scattered throughout this vibrant neighborhood. This area is only about 10 minutes drive from the city center.
Joo Chiat is also home to many Singaporeans who love the food here: you will be spoiled for exploring the trendy cafes next to the famous Katong laksa restaurant, kueh chang and other Nonya specialties.
2. China Town
Coming to China Town, you will be immersed in the blend of old and modern in this vibrant and colorful area of Singapore. From the first Chinese settlements in Singapore in the early 1820s, this bustling neighborhood will really delight you.
If you are interested in the shops that are preserved, try listening to the stories of early citizens, brothels and morgues that have appeared in Chinatown in the past. If you want to shop for something unique, Chinatown is also the place for you with one-of-a-kind souvenirs.
3. Little India
Start a new day with the vivid colors of Little India may brighten up your itinerary for sure. Any wanderer can enjoy browsing through the sidewalk where the merchants sell spices, jewelries, wreaths and exploring the “wet market” and stalls selling fresh fruits and vegetables, spices and fresh meat.
As its name revealed, you can truly experience the rich culture of the Indian community in Singapore by visiting temples around here and trying authentic Indian food.
4. Haji Lane
5. Kampong Glam
Some people say the Kampong Glam area is really “glam” (locally means “glamorous”). The area has a unique mix of history, culture and super stylish living.
You can start at the Sultan Mosque, and wander through the small streets. Kampong Glam is a new cultural center in Singapore, which is rich with Islam culture.
The cuisine of Kampong Glam can also impress any tourists with its wide range from local specialties such as nasi padang and Malaysian kuih to Middle Eastern dishes, Japan, Sweden and even Mexican cuisine.
By Nguyen Thu Thao, ASEAN Correspondent from Vietnam