A vast majority of Indians apply for a Singapore visa to visit the Lion City and explore the majestic marvel that it is. As much as we Indians love visiting Singapore and taking in the beautiful sights, there may come a time when we might feel just a little bit homesick and crave for the familiar feeling that we experience in the comfort of our homes. But worry no more, because we have a cure for this homesickness and it is known by the name of Little India in Singapore.
Located along the Serangoon River, Little India or “Tekka” as it is known by the locals is the perfect mixture of cultures from both nations and a home away from home for Indians.
Let us show you why you must include Little India in Singapore in your Singapore tour package
1. Sri Veeramakaliaman Temple
A famous landmark along the Serangoon Road, Sri Veeramakaliaman Temple is an important Temple for Hindus in Singapore. This 19th-century Temple dedicated to Goddess Kali features tons of colorful statues on its exterior which is truly majestic in all senses. If you are looking for someplace to enjoy peace and tranquility in bustling Little India in Singapore, then this is the place for you.
2. Abdul Gafoor Mosque
Built in 1859 for the South Indian merchants and workers, Abdul Gafoor Mosque located in Little India in Singapore is an architectural marvel in itself and is also a prestigious National Monument of Singapore. Unlike the majority of mosques, it doesn’t have a dome and features panels with breath-taking calligraphic inscriptions, influenced by Arabian, South Indian, Moorish and Victorian styles.
3. Leong San See Temple
Leong San See translates to Dragon Mountain in Mandarin. This beautiful Chinese Buddhist Temple located right in the heart of Little India is devoted to the Chinese Goddess of Mercy – Guan Yin. It is one of the highly important religious places of Little India in Singapore and should be part of your Singapore itinerary.
4. Mustafa Centre
If you love shopping, you need to visit the Mustafa Centre. From random trinkets to electrical appliances, and from accessories to clothing, you name it and you will find it all under one roof at the Mustafa Centre. You can literally shop till you drop in this 24-hour mall, and if you feel a little peckish during or after your shopping spree, you can help yourself to some mouth-watering food at the rooftop restaurant of the mall called “Kebabs ‘n Curries”.
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5. Tekka Centre
Tekka Centre is an all-in-one stop for all your needs. From a wet market to a food center and a shopping area, it covers all the bases and you are sure to get everything you are looking for and all things that your heart desires. Enjoy lip-smacking authentic Indian food or buy some traditional Indian, Chinese or Taoist attires and don’t forget to try the local specialty Teh Tarik, a frothy milk tea.
6. Tan Teng Niah House
The famous confectioner of the neighborhood – Tan Teng Niah used to live in this house. He owned many sweet factories and his house is as colorful as the sweets he sold. Vibrantly coloured in shades of blue, red, green, yellow, orange, pink, etc. this house was built in the European-Chinese style of architecture and can be a great back drop for your next photo op.
7. Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple
This beautiful temple of Lord Vishnu is famous for hosting the Thaipusam festival during the month of January or February (the date changes depending upon the lunar calendar). But this festival is not for the weak hearted as the devotees pierce their cheeks and tongues with long metal rods as a form of professing their beliefs and showing their devotion to Lord Vishnu. If you happen to be in Little India in Singapore, you must visit this temple to see the beautiful interiors and majestic gopuram which is dedicated to the many incarnations of Lord Vishnu.
8. Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple
A massive 15 meters tall Buddha statue that weights around 300 tons sits right in the middle of the temple. This majestic statue leaves the visitors speechless due to the grandeur and serenity it exudes. The center room of the temple is filled with countless oil lamps decorating the walls because of which the temple is also known as the Temple of Thousand Lights.
If you don’t feel like visiting any of the above than take a stroll through Belilios Lane and marvel at the murals painted by a local artist called “Traditional Trades of Little India”. These murals depict the good old days of Indians in the country among several other vibrant pieces of art.
Little India is a cultural hub that is built and preserved by the local Indian community of Singapore for decades. If you want to get a taste of how these Indians preserve and celebrate their uniqueness in a foreign land far away from their homeland and experience what it truly means to be an Indian away from India, then you must include Little India in your Singapore travel itinerary.
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