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  • Little India Attractions

    What to See in Little India

    If in Singapore, the sound of Indian music and incense drifts on the breeze, it can only mean one thing: you are in Little India. Little India lies east of the Singapore River with the busy Serangoon Road as its centre point. Many visitors come to this area for shopping and dining, especially on Indian vegetarian food. There are countless restaurants and cafés as well as food stalls, making Little India the best area in Singapore to enjoy good and inexpensive subcontinental food. Visitors will be amazed at what this area has to offer. The popular Mustafa Centre operates on a 24/7 basis and it's best to avoid it on Sundays as the centre and indeed most shops in Little India are usually too crowded on that day.

    Another popular draw in Little India is their good exchange rates – probably the best in town. Little India offers the taste of authenticity and there are a lot of places to explore when it comes to culture. For example the oldest temple in Little India, Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Abdul Gafoor Mosque, Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple and Sakyamuni Buddha Gaya Temple.

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All Attractions in Little India

Abdul Gaffoor Mosque

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The original Abdul Gafoor Mosque was built in 1859 by a southern Indian lawyer's clerk named Shaik Abdul Gafoor Shaik Hyder to serve many of Indian Muslim merchants. The mosque has subsequently been through many restorations. The current one was completed in 2003. The mosque is a mixture of Arabian, South Indian and Roman styles with its many arches and onion dome.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 12:00 and 14:30 – 16:30
  • Address: 41 Dunlop Street, Singapore 209369
  • Tel: +65 6295 4209
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House of Tan Teng Niah

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Possibly Singapore’s most colourful building, the House of Tan Teng Niah sits proudly at the centre of Little India. However, unlike the rest of the attractions in this list, the House of Tan Teng Niah isn’t really Indian. As any linguists may have already realised, this building’s routes lie firmly in the Chinese colonialisation of Singapore, and is the only survivor of its type in the neighbourhood. The India community can take credit for the rainbow of colours that the house is so famous for, as well as the buildings renovation and upkeep. Go to take a photo - or ten - then grab yourself a Biryani in the nearby courtyard for some particularly picturesque alfresco dining.

  • Opening Hours: All hours
  • Address: 37 Kerbau Road
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Leong San See Temple

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This Taoist temple is located right across from the Thai Buddhist Temple and was built to honour Guanyin (sometimes referred to as Guanyim), the Chinese Goddess of Mercy. She is popular among childless couples who come to pray for its blessings. Its main structure resembles a Chinese palace. Red and yellow are the two main colours used in this temple.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 06:00 – 18:00
  • Address: 371 Race Course Road, Singapore 218641
  • Tel: +65 6298 9371
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Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple is a temple complex situated on the Serangoon Road in Little India. Earlier known as Narasinga Perumal Kovil, it was built in 1850s when a group of leaders from the Hindu community purchased a piece of plot from East India Company to convert it into a shrine to Lord Vishnu. The temple and its precincts came under the control of Mohammedan Hindu Endowments Board in the early 1900s. Later, the board took initiative for the renovation of temple that had only a main hall and pond. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 06:30 - 12:00 and 18:00 - 21:00
  • Address: 397 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218123
  • Tel: +65 6298 5771
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Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

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Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple was built in 1881 and is dedicated to the goddess Kali. It is nowadays the busiest temple in Little India. Admission free. Please remember to remove your shoes when entering.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 - 12:30 and 16:00 – 20:30
  • Address: 141 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218042
  • Tel: +65 6295 4538
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Temple of 1,000 Lights (Sakyamuni Buddha Gaya Temple)

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The Thai Buddhist Sakyamuni Buddha Gaya Temple was established by the Thai monk Vuthisara in 1927. The architecture is mainly in Thai style with a large 15-metre-high Buddha statue seated inside the temple as well as many smaller images. The Buddha image is surrounded by numerous light bulbs, which is why many people call it the Temple of 1,000 lights.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 16:45
  • Address: 366 Race Course Road, Singapore 218636
  • Tel: +65 6294 0714
  • Price Range: No admission fee
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