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What to Do in Bugis and Kampong Glam

All Bugis and Kampong Glam Attractions A to Z

Bugis and Kampong Glam are two colourful districts, full of shops, restaurants, bazaars and markets located north of the Singapore River and not far from the city centre. Arab Street in Bugis is famous for Muslim and Middle-Eastern food as well as Arab-style shisha water pipes and mint tea.

Neighboring Kampong Glam is a haven for shoppers of all ages and those who like to explore flea markets and bazaars will enjoy shopping here. There are quite a number of cultural structures here, including Sri Krishnan, Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho, Sultan Mosque (aka Masjid Sultan) and the Malay Heritage Centre.

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Arab Street

At the heart of Singapore’s Islamic community is Arab Street, a picturesque and colourful street packed full of boutique shops, tiny restaurants and vendors. The section of road near the stunning Sultan Mosque is closed off to cars all day every day, meaning the whole shopping/dining/sightseeing experience at this part wins extra points for its more laidback and charming atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for some of the best Halal food in town, wanting to get your hands on some quality and exotic fabric, or just want to explore one of Singapore’s prettiest roads, Arab Street is a great bet. Find it adjacent to Haji Lane near Bugis MRT station.

  • Location: Arab Street
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Haji Lane

This delightful little walking street located in the heart of the Kampong Glam area is one of the narrowest – as well as prettiest – roads in Singapore. Famed more for its quaint and quirky collection of boutique shops, Haji Lane has become a favourite hangout for all of Singapore’s cool kids, whilst also attracting a Read More...

  • Location: Haji Lane, Singapore
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Hajjah Fatimah Mosque

This mosque was built in 1846. Named after a charitable Malay woman who donated money to build it, the beautiful design is a mix of Malay and colonial styles. At the back of the Mosque are a number of old tombstones including Hajjah Fatimah's.

  • Address: 4001 Beach Road, Singapore 199584
  • Tel: +65 6297 2774
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Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple

Located on Waterloo Street this famous Chinese temple is dedicated to Kwan Im, the Goddess of Mercy. Each day a large numbers of worshippers come to pay respect and ask for her blessing. This major temple features Chinese-style roofs, granite tiles and the use of red, golden and yellow throughout the building.

  • Address: 178 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187964
  • Tel: +65 6337 3965
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Malay Heritage Centre

This Heritage Centre is located on the same grounds of Istana Kampong Glam, the palace of the former sultan. Malay Heritage Centre comprises nine galleries housed on both floors of the Istana Kampong Glam which tell the story of the Singapore Malays – the second largest ethnic community in Singapore, making up around 15% of the population.

This centre explains their roots, struggles, aspirations and role in the nation-building process. Rare prints from the late 19th to the early 20th century illustrate life in those early days of Malay settlement. One section explains the Malays' roles in being part of Singapore's multi-cultural, multi-religious society. Careers, festivals, customs, aspirations are all captured here in the form of multi-media presentations.

  • Opening Hours: Museum: Mon 13:00–18:00, Tue - Sun 10:00-18:00
    Istana Compound: 08:00 – 21:00 Daily
    Cultural Show: Available via bookings only
  • Address: 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501, near Masjid Sultan in Kampong Glam
  • Tel: +65 6391 0450
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Singapore Bazaar & Flea Market

A wonderful shopping location in Bugis and Kampong Glam area (think cheap T-shirts and tourist knick-knacks) on Bugis Street and a flea market by the name of Sungei Road Thieves Market. Fun places to spend an afternoon, especially at weekends.

  • Location: On Bugis Street and on Sungei Road
  • Tel: +65 6745 6110

Sri Krishnan Temple

Right next door to Kwan Im Thong Hood, this Hindu temple was dedicated to Sri Krishna and his consort Rukmini. Check out the impressive statues above the main entrance.

  • Address: 152 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187961
  • Tel: +65 6337 7957
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Sultan Mosque

The biggest mosque in Singapore, the Sultan Mosque is situated at North Bridge Road, near the ethnic quarter of Arab Street. It was originally built by Sultan Hussain Shah of Johore in 1824. In 1928, the original structure was replaced by the current mosque, which was designed by Denis Santry. The Sultan Mosque has a massive golden Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 09:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 16:00
  • Address: 3 Muscat Street (off North Bridge Road) within the Kampong Glam, Singapore 198833
  • Tel: +65 6293 4405
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