Tucked into the nooks and crannies of these colorful ethnic quarters is a multitude of interesting shops, eateries and religious monuments. Explore the areas and gain rare insights into the nation's rich ethnic, cultural and historical heritage.
The focal point of the Indian community here, Little India's spice-scented streets beckon you to a treasure trove of silverware, brassware, ethnic jewellery, silk saris and exotic spices. From colorful shops in Serangoon Road to bustling restaurants and beautiful temples along the side street, Little India is packed with interesting things to discover and delicious food to savour. Not-to-be-missed are classical dance and music performances at Bhaskar's Arts Academy, the first arts academy in Little India. During Deepavali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, Little India is transformed into a fairyland of gaily-decorated, brightly-lit streets thronging with shoppers. Campbell Lane comes alive with cultural performances and festive shopping during other festivals like Pongal - Harvest Festival, Navarathiri Festival and the Singapore Food Festival. Don't miss the Little India Cultural Corner in Little India Arcade which gives a quick introduction to the history of the area and the lifestyle of the community.
Chinatown evolved around 1821 when the first Chinese junk arrived from Fujian province in China. The passengers, all men, set up a home around the south of the Singapore River, known today as Chinatown. This is an full of contrasts and fascinating details. Turn-of-the-century shop houses and the occasional roadside peddler can be found alongside modern shopping centers in the bustling district of Chinatown. Chinese Temples sit alongside mosques and Hindu temples. A walk through Pagoda Street or Trengganu Street reveals unique finds like Chinese Calligraphy, antiques, crafts, wooden clogs and traditional herbal cures. Chinatown is at its most vibrant during Chinese New Year when the entire area is specially lit and decorated with stalls and bazaars selling a variety of festive goods and snacks.
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