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“Kampong Glam - Nice district to visit in Singapore”
Review of Kampong Glam

Kampong Glam
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Half-Day Kampong Glam Tour from Singapore
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Kampong Glam and Sultan Mosque Morning Walking Tour
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Owner description: Its major landmark, the Sultan Mosque, sits in the heart of this enclave and is open to all visitors, as is the nearby Malay Heritage Centre, where you’ll learn about Malay history and culture.
Reviewed 29 April 2013

We recently spent some time in the district known as Kampong Glam, which is sort of a Malay quarter of Singapore. This is a nice area to spend some time and can easily be combined with visits to nearby Bugis and/or Little India districts of the city.

What we like about Kampong Glam are the colourful buildings, particularly in the area round Arab St. and the very nice Haji Lane, which seems to have evolved into something of a trendy/boutique fashion street over the years. While accessory, fashion and perhaps quirk might be the best way to describe some of the shops we found on Haji Lane, it was back to the traditional in terms of the shops on Arab Street. Here, shops deal in dress materials, fabrics, pashmina and other related goods.

The area has plenty of restaurants, coffee shops, hostel/guesthouses. A restaurant that we tried during our recent visit and were most pleased with was Zam Zam, which served up a delicious chicken murtabek. This is something we will specifically target for a future visit, it was so good!

The top attraction in this area is the Sultan Mosque, which is the largest mosque you can visit in Singapore and a nice one to step in and have a quick look around. It is a rather tourist-friendly mosque for visitations. Not as elaborately decorated or massive in scale as other mosque visits you may have made during your travels, but overall a nice one to see.

Overall, we like the Kampong Glam area and enjoy combining it with some time being spent in Bugis and / or Little India when we are in Singapore. Its a photographic area of the city, has nice shopping and some very good food. As such, we recommend this district to those interested in seeing some of the 'real' side of Singapore

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Reviewed 27 April 2013

The compact neighborhood of Kampong Glam holds a lot of interesting old shophouses, a beautiful mosque, and the former residence of the Malay ruler, now a cultural center. All of the houses are beautifully restored and brightly painted. The narrow streets offer a feast of opportunities to the photographer. Shops with their displays pushed out on to the sidewalks give the area a bazaar like ambiance. Cafés and nice restaurants invite one to spent time sitting on a side walk table watching people go by. Arab Street, the main street is pedestrianized, and it is along with the whole small neighborhood easy to explore on a leisurely stroll. The Kampong Glam definitely deserves a place on a Singapore visitor's must-do list.

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Reviewed 9 April 2013 via mobile

Culturally fascinating, a pleasure to the eyes but above all for the most avid photographers, here far from the zone of skyscrapers and luxury restaurants, you breathe the true soul of Singapore, the many colorful houses, fruit markets, textile and handicraft shops, is a neighborhood really inimitable.
I really enjoyed visiting these parts.

1  Thank Magellano81
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Reviewed 12 February 2013

the entire area of Kampong Glam is a colourful display of mixed heritage that presents itself in the form of straits born (peranakan, indian muslim, javanese, malay) eateries, knick-knack and antiques outlets.
would be extremely convenient for Muslim travelers from other parts of the world to swing by at this place as the Sultan Mosque and halal cafes and restaurant are all with reach.

1  Thank fizzyhafizah
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Reviewed 4 February 2013 via mobile

Back to the rich and vibrant old days of singapore, a sense of nostalgia all around, and ideal spot for avid photographers or getting your wedding photos done . Try out the variety of food that kampong glam has to offer. Who says old is boring anyways?!

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