Guided Cultural Tour Of Singapore’s Little India, Chinatown And Kampong GlamWrite a Review
OverviewGain insight into threemain cultural groups of Singapore with visits to Kampong Glam,Chinatown,and Little India. See where Chinese immigrants settled, discover popularMalay hangouts, and walk with your guide past the colorful sights of sari shops. Hear firsthand anecdoteson these areas and their residents during your 3- to 4-hour small-group tour.
- Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
Know More about this tourYour tour begins with pickup from your Singapore accommodation by air-conditioned minivan in the afternoon. Travel with a small group of 2–3 people during a 3-hour tour, or opt for 4 hours when you book with a group of more than 4 people.
In 1822, Sir Stamford drew a town plan for Singapore's downtown area, allocating specific plots of land for the different majority groups of immigrants, to make sure of structured and controlled growth of the city he visioned to be "a place of considerable magnitude and importance". These three groups were the Malays, the Chinese and the Indians.
The first stop of the tour is Kampong Glam, where streets are characterized by traditional businesses that catered to the Malay community. Kampong Glam originated as a fishing village. 'Kampung' means 'village' in the Malay language, and 'Glam' refers to the Gelam Tree that used to grow in abundance in this area, which bark was used by the sea-faring Bugis traders to build and repair their ships. Sir Stamford Raffles had allocated this area to the Malay Sultan Hussain Humammed Shah, whose palace (Istana) grounds have been converted to the Malay Heritage Centre today. The most prominent religious structure here, the Sultan Mosque, was built for the community to worship at. Stroll past the shophouses of frame makers, tombstone carvers, textile wholesalers, spice traders, perfumers, sandal makers, Muslim food caterers, and retailers of gemstones, rattan handicrafts, and religious paraphernalia. You'll find unique souvenirs while learning about the cultural history of Kampong Glam from your guide. Kampong Glam is most alive during the season of Ramadan (fasting) that leads to Hari Raya Aidilfitri (the end of fasting), a joyous celebration of forgiveness, fellowship and food.
Continue to Singapore's Chinatown, called Niu Che Shui, translated as 'bullock cart water' in Mandarin Chinese since the water supply in the 19th century was principally transported by animal-driven carts. As you walk along the pathways, pass by family-run goldsmiths, halls selling traditional Chinese medicine, funeral shops selling paper replicas of modern items, calligraphy masters, and teahouses. These age-old trades stand next to sleeker new neighbors such as hipster bars and lifestyle shops. At the Chinatown Heritage Centre, you can get a glimpse of the lives of the early immigrants who resided in this area. Retrace their journeys fraught with difficulty as they came by boat from China, and learn about the various forms of hardship they had to endure, to eke out a living here.
Our final stop is Little India. You will be greeted by myriad colors and aromas the moment you arrive. Pass by a sari shop and learn how to tie this women's attire; observe traditional arts like henna painting and flower garland making; and, if there's time to spare, try some street snacks (own expense).
Inclusions for Guided Cultural Tour Of Singapore’s Little India, Chinatown And Kampong Glam
- Small-group tour
- Professional guide
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
Exclusions for Guided Cultural Tour Of Singapore’s Little India, Chinatown And Kampong Glam
- Food and drinks
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
Adult rate applies for all ages
Please note: Tour duration varies depending on group size (3 hours for 2-3 people and 4 hours for 4 or more people).