Feb 07, 2015पर 02:58 AM
It was when Sir Stamford Raffles sailed into Singapore in 1819, he brought with him 120 Indian assistants and soldiers. This is how Little India saw its beginning. These were among the first Indian settlers in Singapore. Initially, they resided mainly in the area near Chulia Street in Chinatown. A second area evolved in the High Street district, north of the Singapore River. Today, this is populated by a concentration of Gujerati Sindhi and Sikh cloth and electronics merchants. A third area developed in the vicinity of the dockyards and the railway station of Tanjong Pagar and Keppel Road. The final area, and now the best known to tourists, is the Serangoon Road area, popularly known as Little India. “Serangoon”, or Little India, includes Serangoon Road, Kerbau Road, Buffalo Road, Race Course Road, Dunlop Street, Campbell Lane and the Hastings Road areas. It is believed that that the name “Serangoon” comes from the Malay phrase, Serang dengan gung, meaning to scare away with gongs. In the early days, people traveling in groups beat drums and gongs to protect themselves from wild animals while passing through this area. And at present this area houses the majority of Indian population along with capturing the essence of Indian tradition.
Dec 21, 2014पर 10:48 AM
Little India is Singaporean neighbourhood east of the Singapore Riveracross from Chinatown, located west of the river and north of Kampong Glam. Little India was gazetted as a conservation area on 7 July 1989. Additional buildings along Desker Road, Syed Alwi Road and Jalan Besar were conserved on 25 October 1991, 21 January 2008 and 23 November 2010, respectively. Today, traditional businesses like goldsmiths, Indian restaurants and coffee shops, saree shops and stalls selling garlands and sweets continue to thrive alongside newer establishments like boutiques and souvenir shops. There is round-the-clock activity from the clusters of night-time hangouts, backpacker hostels and late night eateries in the area. The Tekka Market continues to serve as one of Singapore’s major markets and focuses on produce needed by our Indian community. The Race Course Road has developed into a showcase of Indian cuisine, while numerous arts groups are housed in conserved shophouses along Kerbau Road, adding to the cultural life of the area. This Little India is vivaciously vibrant, with its colourful flower garlands, gold jewellery, sarees, motifs. Its this place which would make you feel how it is like to be in India. Being one of the oldest district, Little India has its own essence of heritage.
Feb 12, 2015पर 09:22 AM
Here at Singapore, the shopping malls are outstandingly diverse, a visit to places like Little India'a 24-hour Mustafa Centre or the VivoCity, near Sentosa, will surely make your experience extremely memorable and vivacious. The Central Business District is also a fair destination to some cheap shopping and bargain hunting. Starting your day here, would really be the rightful decision as you can locate anything and everything you want to shop, here. It’s the heart of Singapore. It buzzes day and night. Anything you name, is here. From baby toys to bicycles, artifacts to famous paintings, cloth to furniture, there’s nothing this place is short of. In recognition of its green initiative, China Square Central was awarded the Green Mark Gold Award by the Building Construction Authority of Singapore and the Eco-Office Certification, a joint initiative between the Singapore Environment Council and City Developments Limited. Singapore has still more to offer with its only 24-hour shopping centre. While hundreds of Singapore shopping centres sleep at night, Mustafa Centre opens to cater all of its late night shoppers and that is one of the reasons people love it. Singapore is also known for its spa services, one should never give it a miss here.
Dec 07, 2014पर 12:56 AM
Serangoon Road, the heart of Little india, serves as the centre of commercial, cultural and religious activities for both the local and foreign Indian community in Singapore. It one of the most historic road built in Singapore, serving as a highway between the town housing and the Serangoon harbour in the northeast. It was the life around Serangoon Road that had led to the Indian community respire and grow around it. Serangoon Road was described in an 1828 map of Singapore as "The Road Leading across the Island". It was built so as to serve as a link between the settlements in town and the Serangoon harbour, an important northeast harbour on the Johor Straits. The harbour provided access to the once lucrative lumbering and quarrying business in Pulau Ubin and Johor. One of the unique features along this road is the architecture consisting mostly of terrace shop houses with highly decorative facades. They have features that reflect the period they were built in, from early 1840s to 1960s. Features like their smooth surfaces which were constructed with a unique traditional technique of mixtures and crystal polishing. Serangoon Road is mixture of art and eateries. One can spend an amazing day here.
Feb 07, 2015पर 04:54 PM
Singapore is a city-state in Southeast Asia which is one of the world's most prosperous countries in the world. Singapore is a modern, wealthy city with a mixture of Chinese, Malay and Indian influences and a tropical climate, with delicious food, good shopping and exciting nightlife. Singapore is also the world's busiest port and this Garden City makes a great stopover or springboard into the region. Singapore is a modern city which embraces economic progress against the old tradition. Among the different attractive spots you can visit the Empress Place Building and the luxurious Raffles Hotel. Although most of old Singapore has been demolished, many major landmarks within the Colonial district have been preserved. In Singapore, you will also find some interesting places like the ethnic enclaves of Little India, Chinatown and the Arab Quarters which provide glimpses into the traditions. Singapore is an excellent place where you can enjoy your food and shopping. Singaporean food is renowned worldwide, with lively hawker centres and 24-hour coffee shops offering cheap food from all parts of Asia. Including its one and only 24 hour shopping centre, Mustafa Centre of Little India, Singapore will not disappoint even the late night shoppers. Happy shopping.
Jan 27, 2015पर 09:34 PM
Little India has emerged as one of the most successful districts of Singapore. Well its one of the oldest too and several reasons contributed to the development of Little India and the influx of Indians into this district. First was the fact that Little India was an excellent area for cattle rearing, located on fertile land near the Rochor River. It was the cattle trade, dominated by Indians, that attracted the initial population to the area. In addition, the building of Race Course Road, and the race course itself, encouraged Indians to settle in this area. Initially hired during the construction phase as labourers, many were later employed as caretakers and horse trainers at the stables. After its establishment, the area also attracted immigrants from Calcutta, Madras and Malaya, most of whom came to Singapore in search of a better life. Serangoon Road, once covered by gambier, banana and vegetable plantations, became a flourishing commercial centre for the Indian community. Today, the commerce of this very district, Little India, is enhanced by tourists who flock to experience the traditional trades, the food and the religion of the community. The cuisines, the jewellery, the flowers, the tattoo, Little India will amaze you in every possible sense.
Dec 05, 2014पर 08:52 PM
Little India Arcade is a commercial property located at 48, Serangoon Road, 217959 in District 08. Little India Arcade is primarily used for Office rent and sale. Little India Arcade is close to Little India MRT Station (NE7), Bugis MRT Station (EW12) and Farrer Park MRT Station (NE8). It is near to several bus stops located at Tekka Centre – 07031, at The Verge – 07539 and after Sim Lim Square – 07531. The historic district of Little India is popularly known as the heartland of the Indian community and home to much of the Singapore Indian population. It has also become a major attraction for local Singaporeans, visiting Indians and other travelers from around the world. For Little India, and especially the many members of this community who directly and indirectly benefit from the area’s tourism, the future is bright. Little India is increasingly attractive for its contemporary character, history and tradition, as well as the way in which these are being highlighted and developed. Simply by being what it is, Little India captivates and charms increasing numbers of visitors who experience, enjoy and learn from the people. Most importantly, the benefits associated with tourism accrue for the most part to the people within the community, with a special emphasis on the small shopkeepers, sole entrepreneurs, older members of the community, women and the youth.
Jan 16, 2015पर 02:24 PM
In old areas of Singapore like Chinatown, Geylang and Little India, which are redolent of our colonial past, some shophouses and buildings have façades and other design details that make them stand out. Usually found at corners of buildings or at road junctions, these details are not only aesthetically appealing, but also served as navigation points at a time when many were illiterate. When deciding on the historical value of such a building in its conservation efforts, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) studies how the architecture tells the story of its place in Singapore’s timeline. Similarly the Little India Arcade on 48 Serangoon Road sits a cluster of neoclassical shophouses built in 1913 and known as the Little India Arcade. Now owned by the Hindu Endowments Board, the conserved building pays tribute in its design to the different geographical origins of Indians who make up the community in Singapore. One plaque dated 1826-1827 on a pillar at the corner of Hastings Road and Serangoon Road refers to immigrants from Kerala and Tamil Nadu. As a reminder of the cattle-related trade activities in the area then, the plaque has an animal head believed to represent a cow or a buffalo. A second plaque on a pillar at the junction of Campbell Lane and Serangoon Road dated 1828 refers to a burning (probably cremation) ground belonging to the “Hindoo people of Madras and Singapore”.
Jan 15, 2015पर 11:15 PM
Little India is the only district of Singapore to house the majority of Singaporean Tamils. This area has its own importance in Singapore as it captures all that is Indian. The ethnicity, the divinity, the tradition and the culture, everything can be spotted here. The flower shops here follow are too colorful and fragrant all because of the Indian tradition of offering flower garlands for worship which can be traced back to over 5000 years, all the way back to the Indus valley civilization. Flowers have been an integral part of Indian culture as they symbolizes auspiciousness, adding fragrance and color to any occasions. Marigold, Roses and jasmine are the most commonly used flowers. The spice shops add their own essence in this tint of Indian culture. Indian seamen traders were also the main proponents of the 'Spice Trade' playing middlemen between Spice Islands of the south east Asia and Europe, where spices were worth their weight in gold during medieval time. The trade of spice is still very profound in the streets of Little India. Apart from that one can enjoy the finger licking street food, natural perfumes, heena tattoos, glass bangles etc. So visit India at its best in Singapore.
Feb 01, 2015पर 05:44 PM
Singaporean food is legendary, with bustling hawker centres and 24-hour coffee shops offering cheap food from all parts of Asia, and shoppers can bust their baggage allowances in shopping centres like Orchard Road and Suntec City. Even Little India can make you relish your taste buds with its immense variety of sweets and food. In recent years some societal restrictions have also loosened up, and now you can bungee jump and dance on bar tops all night long, although alcohol is still very pricey and chewing gum can only be bought from a pharmacy for medical use. The story of Singapore as only few may know of began in 1819, when Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles made a deal with a claimant to the throne of the Sultanate of Johor: the British would support his claim in exchange for the right to set up a trading post on the island. Since then Singapore is a vibrant destination for holidays. Along with offering its various shopping options it also holds numerous events each year. Some of its famous festivals and events include the Singapore Food Festival, the Singapore Grand Prix, the Singapore Arts Festival, the Chingay Parade, the World Gourmet Summit and ZoukOut. The Singapore Sun Festival is another popular festival in Singapore, which has featured renowned stars such as David Foster, Natalie Cole, Jose Carreras and Sharon Stone in 2010.
Dec 26, 2014पर 02:54 PM
Little India is the largest district to house majority of Indian population. A bustling shopping area with its flowers, gold bangles, natural fragrance, heena tattoos, street food, is also hidden in the heart of Singapore’s Indian district, The Little India Arcade is the place to go for authentic Indian food, music and fashion. More Mumbai or Delhi than Singapore, this cultural hub is arranged in carefully conserved shophouses which date back to the 1920s. It sells silk saris, gold jewellery, knick knacks, silverware, handicrafts, collectibles and other goodies from the Indian subcontinent. You’ll also find bargain electronics and traditional Indian clothing and souvenirs. Make sure you sample some of the scrumptious food on offer, like curry served on a banana leaf, which is among the best Indian cuisine available anywhere in Singapore. A colourful, thriving hub of activity, Little India will truly fascinate all your senses. From the riotous splash of colours in jeweled-hued saris and brilliant flower garlands, to the tantalizing aroma of its delectable cuisine, to the pulsating beat of a Hindi pop-song, to the thrill of having an intricate henna tattoo or even your fortune told by a bird. Little India will amaze you in very possible way.
Feb 01, 2015पर 09:26 PM
Unlike the other two major districts Chinatown (Chinese) and Kampong Glam (Malay) of Singapore, Little India was never a designated ethnic area. Instead, it simply evolved over time and, as a result of a number of factors, it became an urban focal point now populated by much of the local Indian population. Today, few members of other ethnic groups live in Little India, a district that was given conservation status on July 7, 1989. Tradition runs strong within Little India. Most of the community members speak Tamil or another Indian dialect, they prepare and eat traditional Indian food, and the women wear saris. Of significance, most attractions in Little India are highly concentrated, all within walking distance of each other. As a result, the area is both attractive and convenient to those who are interested in Indian culture, including traditional Indian trades, food and religion. Tourists come to witness and experience the community and its way of life — the epitome of community-based tourism. Among the most famous streets here are the Serangoon street, the Tekka market and the Chulia street. Stepping into these streets will fill you with the aroma of the agarbattis (sacred sticks), flowers. This whole of Little India is a splash of colours.