Kampong Glam is a rich historical Malay neighbourhood located at the east side of Bugis. It has many conserved historical pre-WW2 buildings found in Arab Street, Baghdad Street and Bussorah Street, the largest Muslim mosque in Singapore and the old palace of the Malay ruler (now the Malay Heritage Centre). There are also many restarants and coffee shops selling good Malay and Arabian food, it will be good to plan to have your lunch or dinner here after visiting this area.
A key building in Kampong Glam is Masjid Sultan (right picture ) at Bussorah Street, the largest mosque in Singapore built in 1928 and named after the first Sultan, the mosque features a massive golden dome and is one of Singapore’s most imposing religious buildings. In front of the mosque is Bussorah Mall, where the beautifully restored shophouses sell traditional clothes, artefacts, handicraft, furniture and jewelry. Admission is free but visitors are allowed to visit only during restricted hours.
The Malay Heritage Centre (left pictire) is the former palace of the ruler of Singapore (known as sultan) which showcase the rich history and culture of Singapore’s Malay community. The building and architecture has been meticulously restored to retain its flavour and authenticity. Admission is affordable S$4 (or roughly US$2.6) for adult. Click here for details on charges.
How to get there?
Take the MRT to Bugis station. Less than 5 minute walk to the East of the station.
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Last updated: Dec 2009