Geylang & Joo Chiat Attractions

What to See in Geylang & Joo Chiat

Geylang Serai lies on east coast of Singapore and is home to the Malay community. Being the original inhabitants of Singapore, the Malays have managed to keep their culture alive and vibrant. This is very noticeable in the goods and food at restaurants and shops in Geylang Serai. There are charming and colourful historical buildings which are protected from redevelopment in nearby areas such as on Joo Chiat and Katong Road.

Geylang is also known as a round-the-clock food destination with dim-sum outlets as well as food stalls selling various exotic items such as pig’s brain soup and frog’s leg porridge. Of course, this area is also renowned as a red-light district (check out road number eight to about number 20 if you are curious) but it is certainly not the only one in Singapore – not many people know, but Singapore actually has no less than six red-light districts. Interesting places to see in Geylang include the Malay Village and Geylang Serai Market as well as Joo Chiat Street.

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Geylang Serai Market

Geylang Serai Market is located just five minutes from MRT Paya Lebar. The two-storey building is Malay style and houses a variety of Malay and Middles Eastern products (all halal) such as spices, medicines, batiks, scarves, cosmetics, vegetables and fresh food. Here, you will also come across exotic products like snakes and turtle eggs. There is an interesting food court selling inexpensive Malay foods in the market, too.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from early morning onward
  • Location: 5 minutes from MRT Paya Lebar
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Joo Chiat Street

Joo Chiat is named after a milliner, Chew Joo Chiat, and is one of the most interesting areas on the island. Joo Chiat Street reminds visitors of the rich history of the city-state. The historical and scenic Peranakan (Straits Chinese) shophouses and buildings are not only beautiful but are also very clever works of art styled in a mixture of early 20th century local and colonial designs.

  • Opening Hours: 24 hours daily
  • Location: The eastern part of Singapore
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Katong is another nearby east coast area of Singapore full of rows of picturesque Peranakan homes and their traditional cuisine and products. Visit Katong Antique House (Tel: +65 6345 8544) for traditional Peranakan costumes and furniture, the Eurasian Heritage Center (on 139 Ceylon Road) presents Eurasian culture, from music to food, Rumah Bebe (Tel: +65 6774 3652) offers traditional embroidery and beadwork. And for those who like temples, try the Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple. It is famous for its stunning architecture and murals.

  • Location: East coast of Singapore
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Malay Village

This cultural themed destination takes visitors back to the old lifestyle of Malays in Singapore around the '50s and '60s. It offers insights of a vintage Malay kampong, weaving tools, music instrumentals, arts and crafts and local coffee shop. Call to check their stage performance schedule at Tel +65 6748 4700.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10.00 – 22:00
  • Address: 39 Geylang Serai, Singapore 409227, a short walk from the Paya Lebar Station on the MRT
  • Tel: +65 6748 4700
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