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August 12, 2008

Singapore Attraction: Little India

Attractions / Singapore

I was in India on a Friday night, oh yeah, missed out a word “Little”.

Little India is Singapore’s Indian heartland, yet another cultural heritage site in Singapore. It used to be a division where Indian immigrants would reside in olden days, but under Singapore government’s policy for racial harmony, the immigrant population (just like Chinese and other immigrants) was spatially segregated into different parts of the islands.

This is Veeramakaliamman Temple, one of the oldest temples in Singapore built by Indian pioneers who came to work and live in this island.

Little India is a vibrant and colourful ethnic quarter always bustling with people from all races who wish to savour Indian food and buy Indian stuffs. I can always find the best Indian food in Little India!

There are clusters of old yet beautiful shophouses in Little India.

Little India never sleeps! You can shop in this very big Mustafa shopping centre that opens 24-hrs a day, 7-days a week! This shopping centre offers almost everything! From fresh vegetables, meats, other groceries to furniture, electronic products, apparels, stationery, car accessories, and even jewellery.

Hmm, any translator here? Don’t understand Tamil but all these magazines look interesting!

This is a typical “mama” shop, that’s what the locals called it. Though the shop is small, you can find magazines, newspapers, drinks, snacks, cigarettes, medications, stationery, toys and many many more, just use your imagination! Now there aren’t many mama shops left in Singapore. Gee, till now, I still don’t know why this kind of traditional Indian shop is being called so affectionately. Is it that mothers in older days used to visit “mama” shop? (Updated from Chennai: Mama = Uncle. So it’s Uncle shop! Thanks KC.)

Many Indian shops selling ethnic jewellery.

Dazzled by all these ethnic gold jewellery elegantly displayed in the showcases…

Lovely garlands of freshly cut flowers for sale.

Do you realise I always end my blog about Singapore with some delightful local cuisine? This is a tasty and spicy spread of Indian chicken curry, potatoes and naans at a good price! Simply delicious!

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59 Comments Leave your comment

  • eunice said on June 2, 2009 11:12 am

    @kisha: lols :D

  • food product photography singapore said on July 28, 2009 9:08 am

    Interesting place, i should go and try the food and feel the environment at there.
    Thanks for the share

  • dr.a.veena said on December 24, 2009 4:11 am

    its good but add few south indian gold jewllery

  • Diamond Dude said on March 21, 2010 10:57 pm

    Wow! That’s all i can say, really thought this is Chennai Darshan! :D

    Just one question, why only photos with Southie inclination? ;) I mean why didn’t you click some other region photos?

    But no issue, it really is a nice photo compilation, reminded me VERY MUCH of my own visit to Mustafa’s around 2 years back.

  • eunice said on March 23, 2010 2:25 pm

    @Diamond Dude: really? I haven’t been to Chennai before but one from Chennai did say that some of the buildings are just like those at his hometown. Why Southie inclination? Well, in Singapore, I think most of the Indian immigrants in the past were from South India… and these photos were taken from Little India, a small town in Singapore with lot of Indian flavours. :)

  • HK Ram said on October 15, 2010 4:58 pm

    Nice Pictures. Specially Hindu Temples of Kali Maa.

  • chin zheng yu said on October 17, 2010 3:17 pm

    all your pictures are excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • a.nandhakumar said on May 13, 2012 8:14 am

    good pix

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