Little India is the melting pot of Singapore’s Indian community. During weekend (Sat and Sun), this place is jam-packed with foreign Indian, Bangladesh and Sri Lankan workers and you just can’t miss it. Its spice-scented streets sell wares such as ethnic jewellery, jasmine garlands and silk saris.
To explore Little India starts from the main street known as Serangoon Road. Little India is roughly defined by the area surrounded by four streets: Sungei road, Race Course road, Kitchener Road and Jalan Besar.
The area is well preserved with many unique buildings, photo enthusiasts will be spoilt for choices. Other attractions in the area includes Mustafa Centre which is famous for low price electrical and electronic goods; Race Course Road which is famous for budget mobile phones; Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple (right picture) is in many ways more spectacular than the Sri Mariamman Temple in Chinatown. Built in 1881, this Hindu temple is dedicated to Kali, the Goddess of Power. Admission to the temple is free and you are not asked to pay to take photographs within the temple. The temple is closed from 12.30 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. everyday.
The best months to visit Little India are during Deepavali (usually between Oct/Nov) and Thaipusam in Jan/Feb. During Deepavali, the Indian Festival of Lights, Little India is transformed into a fairyland of gaily decorated, brightly lit streets bustling with shoppers.
Click here for the Sungei Road Flea Market.
How to get there?
Take the MRT to Little India station and starts your walking tour from the intersection of Serangoon road and Sungei road and ends your tour at the other end of the street to take the MRT at the Farrer Park MRT.
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Last updated Dec 2009
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