Are you on a budget? Want to experience Singapore on the cheap? Well, if you’re holidaying on budget but still wish to experience Singapore to the fullest, this article just for you.
What follows is a sample tour that you can take in Singapore to take in many, many sights and sounds with minimal expense.
You need not cover all the areas mentioned below – even visiting a quarter of them will give you an unforgettable experience.
Romp around in the Tekka Centre, Little India, Campbell Lane and Dunlop Street, then go on to visit some real interest gems along the way …
The starting point of this tour will be the main bus stop in front of the building called Tekka Centre. This place is situated along Serangoon Road. If you’re taking a cab from the hotel, just tell the driver ‘Tekka Centre’ and he or she will know immediately where you want to go. This is the stop where we’ll start our little budget tour and return to eventually.
Little India Arcade
Opposite this bus stop, you should see Little India Arcade. This area is full of traditional shop houses through which small five-foot ways interweave.
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You can find a host of interesting sights here, including fortune tellers, street peddlers selling traditional Indian saris, henna artists and food sellers. What’s a henna artist, you ask? Well, you know those intricate designs drawn on some folks’ hands – well that’s henna art. Something to look at if you’ve never experienced it before.
Walk out of Little India Arcade by following Campbell Lane. You will see some flower shops selling interesting aromatic garlands. Beyond those shops, there is a sari shop called P Govindasamy Pillai & Sons or ‘PGP’. This little shop is one of the most famous landmarks in Little India and is a must-see. All forms of Indian goods can be found here, from saris, utensils and jewelry to designer fabrics.
Exit PGP through Dunlop Street. You can now walk towards a mosque and a church. The mosque is Abdul Gaffoor Mosque – one of the preserved landmarks in Singapore.
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If you need some food, pop by the various Indian food sellers just behind the mosque. The church is the Church Of True Light, an Anglican church open only on Saturdays and Sundays between 9 am and 1 pm. There are interesting sights within for those who want to understand how an 1850 church in Singapore looks like.
Ok! Move right along into Dickson Road and Upper Dickson Road. Along the way, you will see many specialty Indian restaurants. Try roti prata (a delicious Indian pancake – a must try while you’re in Singapore!), curry with rice, dosai or even Indian fast food. One of the best known restaurants here would be Muthu’s Curry, a household name in Singapore.
Next, walk back to Serangoon Road and drop by to visit the famous building called the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple. This temple was erected in 1881 and dedicated to the Goddess Kali. The temple grounds are closed between 12.30 pm and 4 pm everyday.
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A small cultural note here – women undergoing the menstrual cycle are deemed ‘unclean’. Temple rules forbid them from entering the temple grounds.
Move on down Serangoon Road and come back to Tekka Centre. This place is a very busy wet market, selling fruits and vegetables. If you’re hungry, you can go to the hawker centre which sells a great variety of Singaporean food.
Finally, one last place you definitely want to pop into is the shopping haven called Mustaffa Centre. This well-known 24 hour electronics and household item store is a hit with many tourists and locals. Be sure to drop by and get some great bargains.
If you walk at a leisurely pace, you should be able to check out the above places within one and a half hours. This little tour is a great way to experience Singapore’s Indian, Malay and Chinese cultures in the quickest time possible! And on a budget, too. So be sure to try it out the next time you’re in Singapore on a holiday! See you soon!