Singapore’s Kampong Glam Historical District

The Kampong Glam Historical District has been home to Singapore’s Malay and Muslim communities since the 1820’s, and Arab traders have operated here for decades. Today, it offers a mix of local and international cuisine, boutique shopping, artistry, history, and faith.

The Masjid Sultan (Sultan Mosque) dominates this neighborhood’s skyline. It was closed to visitors while I was in the area, so I couldn’t get any photos from inside the mosque. Even from the outside, though, it’s impressive.

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Kampong Glam’s tight streets are full of restaurants and shops vying for your attention. The street art was a nice surprise, as well.

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The Malay Heritage Centre is here, too, and highlights the many contributions the Malay community has made to Singapore’s development.

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The photo above is a virtual record player that allows visitors to choose from various musical hits from Singapore’s Malay entertainers. As someone who grew up in the analog era, I think this interactive exhibit is pretty cool.

Bonus Video!

I was standing in the courtyard of the Malay Heritage Centre when the call came from the Masjid Sultan for afternoon prayer.

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