Singapore Little India

Singapore Tourist Attractions: Little India

Popular Singapore tourist attractions are districts originally built to accommodate all the new settlers and are now lovely spots to visit.

One district not to be missed in Singapore is Little India which stretches along the Serangoon Road. This is where Indian immigrants found refuge when coming to this country. Consequently, you will be overwhelmed by Indian decorations, religious statues, specific scents of saffron, aromatic burning sticks with jasmine, and other floral arrangements all around.

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The famous Serangoon Road

There are typical Indian shops and small alleys, and once you find yourself here, it will be hard to believe that only four percent of the Singapore population are Indians (while Chinese make up the majority of 80%).

SINGAPORE TOURIST ATTRACTIONS: Lovely building in Little India

There will be small bags of spices mixture to buy depending on the meal you are preparing that day. You can find piles of colorful traditional ‘sarees’ and beautifully decorated silver jewelry pieces.

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Singapore Attraction Place: Little India

There is also the Hindu temple that allows tourists’ visits and where you are supposed to take off your shoes to get in, pay the ticket (if you want to take pictures), and try to avoid areas where worshipers are praying.


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Strolling around the courtyard you will feel like stepping onto Indian soil and will be amazed by the fact that ethnic authenticity is so well preserved in this city.

There will be women wearing colorful sarong dresses with typical ‘bindi’ dots on their foreheads. Men were waiting to kneel before the huge statue of Sri Aravan in the courtyard, while people inside were on their knees or lying face down on the pavement… These are the genuine Singapore tourist attractions one shouldn’t miss.

Inside one of the oldest Hindu temples

This is one of the most popular Hindu temples in Singapore – Sri Mariamman. When I first saw it through the taxi window, I was so impressed that I tried to remember the surroundings so that I could find it the next day.

SINGAPORE TOURIST ATTRACTIONS: Typical roof decoration in Sri Mariamman

Luckily, one of the neighboring streets is called Temple Street and it wasn’t hard to navigate. Also, not that far from this Hindu temple, there is an imposing Buddhist one, so it would be impossible to miss them both.

Singapore Flags

Little India houses the whole residential area with numerous high buildings. Although drying laundry outside is against the law in Singapore, the strings with clothes are tolerated in this district.

‘Singapore flags’ hanging from the windows

People came up with the idea to put long sticks through their windows and spread their laundry along those sticks. Locals often joke about it, calling them the “Singapore flags”.

There is a residential Chinese area nearby with numerous shops. These buildings are so colorful – yellow, white, and red.

Strolling along the Chinese district

Stroll a bit further and you will end up in the Arabic district with typical houses, small stores, a few men busy with their crafts, and mosques. Since the Muslim population makes up about 14% of Singapore, there are numerous Islamic temples to be found, along with Al Falah Mosque on Orchard Road at the ground level of a tall business building.

I was surprised that the Muslim call to prayer was still loud when passing by Al Falah Mosque, even though the noise of the traffic and crowds outside were overwhelming.

The list of Singapore tourist attractions consists of the heritage of all three nations and make sure to spend time visiting them accordingly.

Best Attractions in Singapore: Chinatown

Parts of Singapore will continue to surprise you. The city is probably “too much to the East”, at least when coming from Europe, so the tradition that is appreciated here is one that we only come across from time to time and do not know that much about, and maybe even take lightly.

Just imagine that you build the whole quarter according to Feng Shui.


These buildings were not equally high. Looking from above, they formed the shape of the hand palm with its “fingers” (buildings) pointing to the sky. The point is for the “palm” to bring in all the energy so that business can bloom. And yes, this is the business district.

Buddhist temple in Chinatown

Singapore is constantly being modernized and rebuilt. Locals told me that I would be surprised how much the city may change only in a year. Some of them love it, some are against it, but still, they say that this way “one can never claim to have seen Singapore, no matter how many times he visits”.

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This wasn’t even planned when I visited for the first time in 2008

That is exactly how I feel whenever I come across recent photos of the city. First, I try to locate a building or a place in my mind but then I remember that this is Singapore we are talking about. Everything that was there last year is just “old news” today.

I should probably go back soon to check out some new Singapore tourist attractions.


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29 responses

    1. When I think about it, me neither! I couldn’t get enough of seafood, it was delicious. I’ve had a lot of Chinese, but also the best Korean dish there thus far. It’s still so vivid! 😀

  1. Singapore is still on my bucket list. I love mixing cultures and it’s always amazing to see how different cultures come together. Always want to learn about the history.

  2. Singapore is a small country but it has a very diverse culture. It was like I already toured India and China in reading your post. Haven’t been to Singapore yet, but I’ve already heard a lot of good things about it.

  3. Such charming districts with so much colour. Always find this different culture places inside a city very interesting.

  4. The first time we went to Singapore we stayed in Little India and it was a fantastic experience. I loved how it felt like its own country when just a few blocks away the city was entirely different. Thanks for bringing back some fun memories.

    1. I know the feeling, that’s exactly right, you feel like being in a different country when entering another district. 😀 Thank you for stopping by!

  5. Your quote that you can never truly claim to have seen Singapore no matter how many times you have been is so true. I’ve been a few times over the years and while I love it and there will always be some old favourites to revisit nothing is ever quite the same, you can stand in the same spot and have such a different experience, it is growing and evolving so much all the time.

  6. It’s a bit bizarre that this is the only neighbourhood in Singapore that I haven’t yet explored and I am an Indian! Haha…maybe that’s why 🙂

    Reading your post does make me feel that I missed out on something interesting there. Next time I will surely make a trip there…would be an interesting one 🙂

    1. Hehehe, it’s always like that – we don’t pay too much attention to our own culture when traveling, since it’s familiar. I’m sure that the Little India in Singapore sounds more interesting to me than it does to you! I mean, you know it all by heart! 😀

  7. I have become increasingly fascinated by Singapore, and this article is only making my curiosity grow. That’s great that you can hear the Muslim call to prayer, and it underscores what I’ve been realizing: that Singapore is incredibly diverse, and proud of its diversity.

  8. Singapore is an amazing city. That little factoid about FengShui mentioning how the buildings are shaped like a finger point to the sky was very interesting. Never noticed it when we were there.

  9. I loved Singapore when I visited, though I only grazed Little India, including the temple. The food was the best part for me, always a little odd (in a good way) to eat Indian food in SE Asia.

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