The Little India Trail
Little India is home to a large Indian community in Singapore. This district is the place to be for all who wish to shop for exquisite Indian traditional clothing and accessories such as bangles, saris, and even exotic traditional Indian cutlery and perfume.
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The above map marks out the trail in the order listed below, starting from Little India MRT station.
Buffalo Road (2 min walk from Little India MRT)
If you have Indian friends, you may have noticed the occasional intricate paintings they have on their hands. This is known as henna artwork, a traditional form of body art commonly done by Indian ladies as a sign of rejoicing in social and festive events. It is sometimes also done as it is considered to be auspicious, in order to receive blessings, luck and happiness. It is currently still a trendy fashion across Pakistan, Northern Libya and Northern India, even though it originated from the late Bronze Age.
If you wish to get your hands on this exotic form of body art, visit the beauty salons along Buffalo Road. Apart from henna painting, the beauty salons provide oil massages and herbal hair treatments. Buffalo Road is a place highly recommended for health blessings!
Vanessa Beauty Salon & Henna Artwork Creations (Buffalo Road) 22 Buffalo Road S219790 +65 62995567 Open daily: Mon-Sat 10.00am-8.00pm, Sun 11.00am to 7.00pm
L.Y. Beauty Centre Blk 662 Buffalo Road #01-24 S210662 +65 90079273
Tekka Centre (<1 min walk from Buffalo Road)
This is where you can shop to your heart's content! Tekka Centre is a landmark at Little India because it is a multipurpose shopping area - it serves as a wet market, hawker centre and shopping mall. If you are at a loss as to what to see and do,
Don't forget to try on the colourful fabrics in the Sari Stall (Level 2). The sari is a traditional Indian garment, a piece of cloth which is draped over the body for aesthetic effects.
Why not get some gold bangles to match your beautiful sari? To the Indians, gold symbolises the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi and is considered to be lucky. The bangles store, also on level 2, has a wide array of colours for you to choose from.
For antique lovers, visit the Poh's Antiques and Collectibles which features many priceless, timeless ornaments from the past.
664 Buffalo Road 210664 +65 6294 5768 Open Daily 10am-7pm
Little India Arcade and Clive Street (2 min walk from Tekka Centre)
The Little India Arcade is one unique shopping district. Why so? Over here, one can expect to find many shops selling exquisite handicrafts, mostly traditional Indian works of art. Garland weaving is also popular in the Indian community, so take some time to watch skillful masters weave fragrant petals into beautiful garlands to be used for praying and various festivals such as Thaipusam.
If you also wish to purchase some unique cutlery, turn into Clive Street.
48 Serangoon Road 217959 +65 6295 5998
Abdul Gafoor Mosque (5 min walk from Clive Street)
Now that you have taken a peak into the rituals of the Hindu community at the temple, get to know the Muslim community on a deeper level at the Abdul Gafoor Mosque. Constructed 104 years ago, its architecture is one-of-a-kind. It is a mixture of Arabian and Renaissance styles, with Moorish arches overhead in its prayer hall. Its walls also have calligraphic inscriptions and there is also a rectangular panel with a quote from the Qu'ran built just above the mihrab. Shophouses located in the vicinity of the mosque are now utilized as Qu'ran teaching centers and for conducting neighborhood bonding activities.
41 Dunlop Street 209369- 6295 4209 Open Daily 7am-12pm, 2:30pm-4:30pm
Kampong Kapor Methodist Church (5 min walk from Abdul Ghafoor Mosque)
The Kampong Kapor Methodist Church (KKMC), located within this Indian heartland, is a large family-oriented church that places a strong emphasis on fellowship. It originated as a Malay-speaking spot for Christians, founded by a missionary, Miss Sophia Blackmore, in 1890. The influence of the little group spread through kampong speeches and meetings, on top of rallying the Straits Chinese women of the region to get involved in praise and worship sessions. Today, the KKMC is initiates many missionary trips and charity events and is considered to be a prominent Christian presence in Little India.
KKMC is located at Rochor, S208673 +65 6293 7997 Open daily
A majority of Singaporean Indians are Hindus. Besides the Sri Mariamman Temple located at South Bridge Road, another important icon for the Hindu community is the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple. This temple is unique because it is dedicated to one of the most revered Hindu Goddesses, Kali. While the name Kali loosely translates to mean time and change, the Hindus also worship Kali as the goddess of power. Most of the time, she is portrayed either in a four-armed form, which is depicted by the statue of Kali in this temple, or a ten-armed form carrying various weapons, which is depicted on the walls of the temple.
Apart from being a prominent place of worship for the Hindus, visitors can expect the architecture of the temple to be similar to Southern Indian Tamil Temples. This is also a congregation spot for a great many Hindu tourists from India. Doorways are also lined with bells so that when devotees ring them before entering the prayer room, their prayers would be answered.
141 Serangoon Rd 218042 +65 6293 4634
Jaggi's North Indian Cuisine (5 min walk from Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple)
Since we're here at Little India, Indian cuisine is a must-try. Indian food is usually prepared with lots of mouth-watering spices such as Green Chilli, Cinnamon, Rose Water, Coriandergreen, Nutmeg and Licorice powder. The mixing and matching of the correct types and quantity of spices give the dishes a more unique aroma and taste. At Jaggi's North Indian Cuisine, indulge your tastebuds in popular Punjabi dishes such as Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Tikka, Shish Kebab, Malai Chicken, as well as the highly recommended Pakoras.
Jaggi's North Indian Cuisine is located at 36 Race Course Road, S218554 +65 6296 6141 Open Daily 11.30am–3pm, 5pm–10.30pm