Little India in Singapore

Asia - Editor - 31 December 2010

Little India in Singapore

Singapore is a destination filled with fascination and wonder. Visitors to this bustling city are recommended to explore an ethnic neighborhood in the city known as Little India. The smell of incense fills the air of this neighborhood, while traditional Indian music sets the atmosphere along the streets. It is believed that Little India was established due to the land where it is situated being used as a Tamil convict settlement. The Tamils lived here, segregated, under the policies set by the British, but today it is a thriving neighborhood and tourist attraction in Singapore.

Serangoon Road is the main road of Little India and lies adjacent to the Singapore River. It is a focus point of fine dining, shopping and historical buildings. While roaming the shops and quaint stores, visitors can look forward to finding items and souvenirs such as beauty ranges, clothes, spices, music and jewelry. Structures worth exploring include the Permumal Temple, Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple and the Abdul Gafoor Mosque. Each building has its own history, and the Abdul Gafoor Mosque was originally constructed in 1859, but many additions and restorations have given the mosque a unique look that has combined various architectural styles such as Roman, Arabian and South Indian. The Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple was built in 1855 and is a Hindu Temple. This structure was recognized as a national monument in the year 1978. Yet another fascinating structure to visit is the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple which dates back to 1881. All visitors are welcome but are reminded to remove their shoes upon entering religious sites. The Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is dedicated to the goddess Kali.

A popular attraction in Little India is the Temple of a Thousand Lights, or Sakyamuni Buddah Gaya Temple, which was established in 1927 and displays magnificent Thai architecture. The temple derives its name from the massive number of lights surrounding the Buddha image that is located in the temple. Across from the Temple of a Thousand Lights, is the Leong San See Temple. This temple honors the Chinese goddess of mercy, and many locals flock to the temple to pray for her blessing. Visiting Little India and all its magnificent attractions is an experience that tourists will never forget, as it is a neighborhood that can be described as being a world of its own.

 



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