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- 98%History Buffs
- 98%Local Culture
- 89%Art & Design Lovers
- 71%Nightlife Lovers
- 51%Luxury Travelers
- 51%Green Travelers
Member Reviews (8)
- Kampong GlamMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Oct 25, 2013
Kampong Glam is the historic Malay Heritage neighborhood in Singapore. It's got some nicely restored shop houses, the beautiful Sultan mosque, and a bit of food, nightlife and cheap accommodation.Good place place for a morning walk or an evening drink.
- Kampong GlamMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsOct 18, 2013
Somewhat more satisfying than the contiguous Little India neighborhood to the west, Kampong Glam is the heart of Muslim Singapore, with a pretty mosque, a host of excellent Middle Eastern restaurants, and tons of silk and carpet shops to browse on Arab Street. Touristy, but also photogenic, with some lovely classic shopfront architecture.
- Kampong GlamCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Aug 10, 2013
Kampong Glam was probably my favorite spot in Singapore. It's vibrant, culturally rich and there's lots of little stuff to see. The Masjid Sultan (Sultan Mosque) is stunning and the neighborhood is fun. It's a stark difference from the chaos and sterility of Orchard Street.
- Kampong GlamMember ofFamily TravelersNov 08, 2012
Singapore's oldest community, pre-dating Sir Stamford Raffles, and former home to the Sultan of Johor, Kampong Glam is now one of the coolest places in Singapore to dine out.
Surrounding the lovely Sultan Mosque near Arab Street are streets filled with Arab and Malay eateries, all heaving with locals and expats. It's all about al fresco dining in this part of town with some of the favourites dining spots being Warung M. Nasir, Rumah Makan Minang, Salero Mundo and Zam Zam Restaurant.
On the night that I went recently the Blu Jaz Cafe was pumping on Bali Lane and there were very few spare seats left even though the restaurants spills out on to two streets!
For those looking for a change from Middle Eastern and Asian fare then there several nice French bistros in the area to look out for, along with Mexican.
There are plenty of watering holes in the vicinity, I particularly liked the very friendly Witbier bar, with its great selection of Belgian beers.
Drag yourself away from Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Chinatown and head for a bit of Glam.
- Kampong GlamMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesLuxury Travelers+ 1First to ReviewJul 05, 2012
For a deeper insight into the founding of colonial Singapore, as well as the thinking behind British ethnic urban planning of the time, head the traditional heart of Malay-Muslim life in Singapore. Most guide books will suggest a visit to the thriving textile market of Arab Street. While a colourful centrepiece, the rest of the neighbourhood is worth getting to know too. First, a few historical footnotes. Prior to the arrival and colonisation of the British in 1819, Kampong Glam was home to the ruling sultan, Hussein Shah. In return for ceding control of the island to the British, the sultan was provided with a stipend and an agreement that the area - named after both the Malay word for village and a type of trees which were once plentiful in the vicinity - would be home to him and his subjects. It was here that the sultan built his palace Istana Kampong Glam, today the Malay Heritage Centre. It's also home to the island's largest mosque, rebuilt during the 1920s. As trading relationships built, Malay-Muslims came to be joined by Arabs and one look at the street names in the area - named after well known places in the Middle East - reveals how the Arab population rapidly came to outnumber the Malays. Also interesting to note that prior to land reclamation which became such a perennial facet of Singapore's more contemorary history, the area used to be a stone's throw from the waterfront. Today the neighbourhood still offers echoes of the fascinating ethnic settlement it once was, even though the populus themselves have long since relocated to the island's east coast. I recommend setting aside a few hours for a walking tourof the area: as remarkable for its markets and stores as for its charming two-storey colonial buildings and some really terrific Malay, Indonesian, Lebanese, Egyptian, Turkish street food.Recommended for:History Buffs