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Multicultural Singapore

Posted by on December 1, 2013

For me the first striking thing to see after buying a tour guide with map were the quarters Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam. Separated quarters in multicultural Singapore. Holland is multicultural too, but people from all religions live in the same cities and districts. Churches are there all over the country because Christianity is the original religion. And most foreigners live in the cities and by that most mosques and temples are there too, but without having separated quarters like in Singapore.

Reading the information in the guide, these separated quarters came from the urban plan from Sir Thomas Raffles designed in 1822 for multicultural Singapore. While walking around through the quarters this separation is interesting to see. Below are the main places of interest.

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Pagoda Street in Chinatown

Chinatown was my favourite quarter to walk around. This because Chinese culture always inspired me, but also because of the beautiful temples and the little shops in the narrow Temple- and Pagoda Street. The most striking temple is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple along South Bridge Road. This large temple has a wonderful interior and surprisingly wasn’t crowded. The nearby Sri Mariamman Temple was crowded, but worth a visit because of the colourful ceilings and façades. A very small temple is the Thian Hock Keng Temple.

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The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Singapore

People who are interested in buying suits or fake brand clothing have to go to Serangoon Road in Little India. But Little India has sights too, which are mainly the colorful houses you can see in most streets and furthermore some temples. The most colorful house I discovered was a house at the corner of Belilios Lane. The temples I visited and can recommend are Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple and Abdul Gafoor Mosque.

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Multicultural Singapore: the Abdul Gafoor Mosque in Little India

Finally Kampong Glam where the Sultan Mosque and Malay Heritage Centre are the tourist attractions. Furthermore there are many shops, tailor men and restaurants in Arab Street.

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The Sultan Mosque in Kampong Glam

Despite that every population group originally had its own quarter; you will find mosques in Chinatown and for instance Chinese shops in Little India. Nevertheless every quarter has its own unique atmosphere and is worthwhile to visit.

 

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