Little India is an enchanting street-show of colours, clamour and traditional hubbub that contrasts delightfully with the spit-and-polish of modern-Singapore.
There's something enviably cool about being part of Little India's fire service.
‘The five-foot way’
Raffle’s celebrated town-planning regulations stipulated that the covered walkway must be five feet wide and, even today, Singaporeans often refer to their pathways as ‘the five-foot way’.
The traditional wooden shutters - a natural defence against the tropical sun - offer an opportunity for a daring splash of colour on already vibrant shophouses.
Sultan Hotel (www.thesultan.com.sg) at 101 Jalan Sultan in Kampong Glam is the perfect place to stay for anyone with an interest in shophouses.
Indian Heritage Centre
The brand new Indian Heritage Centre at Campbell Lane, Little India, is a S$12 million four-storey gleaming glass and concrete cube in a street of shophouses.
A particularly vibrant Kampong Glam refurbishment.
Singapore Zam Zam was established in a Kampong Glam shophouse in 1908 and still serves traditional deer pie and fish head curry.
Traditional wooden shutters are enlivened with Chinese ornaments in the heart of Kampong Glam.
Conversion on a classic shophouse in Kampong Glam shows just how classy these buildings can be for office space.
A looming HDB (High Density Building) provides a stark backdrop to the traditional colour of the shophouses along Kampong Glam's Haji Lane.
Kampong Glam alcohol free zone.
The street art on many of the properties in Kampong Glam's Haji Lane has probably made them the most photographed shophouses in Singapore.
Arabic motif on the tiled wall of a Turkish restaurant in Kampong Glam
Teh tarik (pulled tea) is served all over oldtime Singapore
Patrick Phoa's ‘Heritage Shop’ (in Kampong Glam) is crammed to the rafters with everything from old sepia photographs, to commemorative crockery, to maritime memorabilia, to vintage cameras and 1950s toys.
A highrise city block rises behind a street of typically vibrant Tanjong Pagar shophouses.