Little India, Singapore

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    My Favourite Area-Little India

    by lynnehamman Updated Nov 29, 2011

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    I am, as can be seen from my Homepage, a hopeless Indiaphile. I make no apologies. So it would come as no surprise that I head for Little India at the first opportunity.
    Settled originally by Tamil migrants, it is a pot-pourri of Indian culture. The smells, the sounds, the chaos............only the traffic is somewhat more orderly than in India proper.
    The shops sell traditional Indian goods- clothes are well made ( always rinse before wearing) the fruitstalls are colourful with high quality fruit available. Bargain, as expected.
    Jewellery is typically Bollywood style, but attractive anyway, and excellent selections in the bazaars.
    In the arcades, you could buy a sundress for less tha S$10.00. Toiletries are typically herbal, and herbal is good.

    Best arcade is Little India Arcade. Clothes, Indian artifacts, toiletries, photographic shops, tailors, shoes and sandals etc etc.

    Mustafa Centre is a large complex, facing Syad Alwi Road. This centre has it all- Clothing outlets, Electrical and electronic outlets, currency exchange booths which give a good deal, travel agencies, jewellery shops galore.
    The prices are really low, and bargaining is possible.

    The Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple at 141 Serangoon Road is worth a visit (cover your head and remove shoes)

    Plenty of restuarants and coffeeshops in Little India. Food would be typically Indian, but there are other choices at some.

    If you are a keen photographer, Little India is paradise. So many colours and characters.

    Getting there:
    Use MRT north/east line
    or east/west line -alight at Bugis.
    Buses (Hop on Hop off bus also stops here)

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    Hustle and bustle

    by robertgaz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In Little India you will find lots of little shops selling flowers, spices, textile, trinkets and heaps of Bollywood DVD's.

    There are many Indian restaurants including Komala Vilas which comes with a reputation as one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Singapore. Komala Vilas also sell a large variety of snacks and sweets which satisfied this sweet tooth!

    But try to avoid coming here on weekends in Little India as it can be very crowded.

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    Food for the Eyes and Mouth

    by PandawitchElphie Written Jul 24, 2011

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    Little India is a photographers paradise. Their architecture is mostly from the old singapore and they painted them up to show them off. We spent a morning here, rambling around taking pictures of the different shophouses and things... the people too. (Just be careful when you aim your camera at them).

    On certain days, you may come across the ol' Thieves Market, where the old chinese sell their things. I just breezed thru it. They were selling REALLY old stuff...not necessarily antique value kind. Like old shoes... belts... nothing I considered reusable. I "DID" however, find a $1 piggie bank in the shape of a YAKULT bottle which my niece particularly like drinking. So I brought that home.

    You should go to the very picturesque ARAB ST, where you can have a meal or snack at one of the cafes and browse the LITTLE CHILDRENS MUSEUM (toys). If only to have a feel of Little India and it's quaintness and style. (this area is modern a bit...more like tiny pubs and shops). Oh and...bring money to buy textile! Cloth! All you women out there (and men who have "women") would love to bring home the Indian silks and embroidered textiles. Have them sewn into your formal dresses or gowns when you get home. They're bee-yoo-ti-ful!!!

    You can even go to MUSTAFA! The 24hr Department Store where things are sooo cheap. I buy Indian bracelets there ($1 for a set) to bring home as souvenir gifties.

    And let's not forget the food!!! I'm particularly in love with Chicken curry, Tandoori chicken, Biryani Rice... you can never really go wrong with Indian food. They're really good!!! You should try the prata bread too. Just be careful if you can't handle spices, so go ahead and ask or say that you don't like Spicy Else you'll end up downing 2 cans of coke (like I did) in one sitting.

    TIP: ask for yoghurt...it takes the sting away fast.

    Basically, Little India is for the tastebuds and for the eyes. Picturesque with yummy food in every area. :D

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    Little India

    by imstress Written May 17, 2005

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    Take a walk thru Little India and u can see many coloured shophouses.

    See how the the jasmine garlands are woven, have a Henna Tatoo and lots of phototaking opportunity here.

    Shop at the 24 hours Mustafa Shopping Centre where u can find from household items to electronics (almost anything).

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    The loveliest place in Singapore

    by backpackerbaby Written Apr 16, 2004

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    Street life.

    It's an Indian District, with lots of stalls selling vegetables, shops selling Indian music CDs, Indian Clothing and gold.

    I stayed in this area for 2 nights. During my stay, I've never experienced any hassling. It's a peaceful area where you can see the daily life of the Indians. They are so hard working, shops open till after mid-night!

    Another great thing is the Indian food here, cheap (compared with other food in other areas) and yummy!

    Go there and walk around, you'll be impressed -- by the buildings, the food and the people!

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    LITTLE INDIA ARCADE

    by Onedragon Updated Jul 27, 2009

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    ONE OF THE MANY FASCINATING PLACES TO SEE IN SINGAPORE IN THE INDIA SECTION IS THE ARCADE THAT IS FILLED WITH CULTURE AND TRADTION DATING BACK TO TO 1920'S WHEN IT WAS BUILT. FROM SARI FABRICS TO PAPER- MACHE BOXES %vg ..THERE ARE SLIPPERS AND EVEN MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN THIS PLACE....

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    Little India lunch

    by aussirose Written Jul 8, 2006

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    We had the best meal here in Little India....just near the market there's a big food hall and the local indian food was to die for!! Yummy!! ...washed down with a Tiger Beer!! Nothing like it!!

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    Little India

    by aussirose Written Jul 8, 2006

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    Little India

    We visited Little India on our last half day in Singapore and I'm glad we did! Now this is a shopping mecca!! We got more hippy pants, socks, cheap watches, bras and toys for next to nothing!! I wish we had more time to check out this place!! Loved it!!

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    Deepvali Festival of Lights

    by kentishgirl Updated Oct 26, 2004

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    Deepavali lights

    I visited Singapore during the month of November, whilst I was here this really huge Hindu festival was on, The streets of Little India district were decked out in these wonderful lights (that the piccie does no justice to).

    They were fantastic and Little India was packed with people taking pics and viewing them.

    So if you visit during this religious festival - take a trip into Little India at night to see the lights.*

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    Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple

    by Jmill42 Written Mar 22, 2004

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    50 ft Buddha!

    This temple, close to the bus drop for the S'pore-K.L. express buses, is known as the Temple of a 1000 Lights. However, it is not the lighting that will catch your eye upon emtering this temple. It is the 45 foot high standing, gold Buddha. The name derives from the lighting that is draped over the Buddha. The building has an attached worship shrine to its left, and I was able to ask the worker a few questions about Buddhism, with a very enthusiastic response.

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    Little India

    by diageva Updated Nov 27, 2003

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    Little India

    From Rochor Canal to Lavander Street you can find Little India. Seraggon Road has multitude of shops selling flowers, spices, textile, trinkets and Bollywood videos.
    you will be really in india, restaurants, shops people and everything is indian ... everything with many many colour. And a beautifull temple Sri Veerama.

    Bus: 64, 65, 111, 97 or 85 from Orchard Road.

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    Sri Veeram Temple

    by diageva Updated Nov 27, 2003

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    Sri Veerama Temple

    This very nice temple is in Little India, I think every place is nice to see it full of people. Its not the same see a place empty than full of people praying and making feel you something very special and really wellkome. Built in 1881, this temple is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Kali, the consort of Shiva. She is known as the Goddess of Power and the name "Veeramakaliamman" means "Kali the Courageous". Tuesdays and Fridays the streets are full of devotees on their way to pray. Close from 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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    Discover the Indian side of Singapore

    by trisanna Written Apr 13, 2005

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    Ganesha, protecting us all

    This has to be one of my favorite areas of Singapore. The wonderful smell of spices and food cooking as you walk by. The great window shopping. The cafes, the sweets. The temples are wonderful.

    It's really worth it to spend a few hours here. Looking at the stunning saris and jewerly. You have to see all the lovely bangles.

    Walking around and taking it all in. There is some great food. You have to try the masala dosai (rice floor crepe with potato mixture inside), thali(rice dish with cups filled with vegetables), idlys(sweet-sour muffin looking things -that you dip into curry), channa batura( large puffed up bread-very thin and light with chickpeas). Very good and healthy.
    Have some masala tea and some barfi ( a sweet that is like a very sugary fudge). Comes in all sorts of flavors.

    Serangoon road -closest to the MRT or Bukit TImah Road-is mostly a Hindu area, south indian and vegetarian restaurants.
    Further down, you get to the Muslim influence. Many food stalls will have tandoori meats, chicken briyani (roasted chicken with rice), murtobak (big pancake/crepe thing with chopped onion, egg and meat-either lamb, mutton or chicken. For shopping must head to Mustafa -a Singaporean institution.

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    Little India is different

    by Skylink Written Jun 17, 2006

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    Here’s a picture of Little India. Mustafa Centre in Little India never closes. It sells electronics at cheaper prices than other places in Singapore. Deepavali is a public holiday celebrating the Hindu festival of lights. It occurs sometime in November.

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    Visit little India

    by vinc_bilb Updated Jul 30, 2008

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    First attraction is the place itself.
    I did not feel little India as a hot spot for tourism attraction, so, it's a colorful and attractive place to visit, with a different identity.
    I had good time here. More quiet than the city centre, architecture and peoples are different, less stressed in my view.

    Just strolling in the streets, looking the nice sari and dress, the houses and peoples watching was very pleasant.

    Some massage parlors also (Thai - I didn't try)

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