Sunday, 25 March 2007
Kampong Glam + Arab St area ......
Last Friday (March 23) saw myself and a friend (Deb) investigating the wonders of the Kampong Glam and Arab Street area's!!
as you can see by the photos, the many contasts from back alleys to the shops is really quite amazing.
what I was surprised by was the lack of tourists...where are they? Shopping for bargains along Orchard Rd no doubt!!
The following has been taken from the uniquely Singapore website:
Named after the Gelam tree which used to grow in the area, Kampong Glam was the historic seat of Malay royalty in Singapore. Today, the former Istana Kampong Glam (Sultan’s palace) has been converted into a heritage museum, the Malay heritage Centre, to showcase the rich history and culture of Singapore’s Malay community. The building and architecture has been meticulously restored to retain its flavour and authenticity.
Arab Street is the centre of the Muslim community where it used to be the main selling place of Muslim men’s headgear (or songkok), the holy Quran, prayer mats and textiles. Today, Arab Street is a designer’s dream locale! Glittery and lavish fashion items abound, like the finest lace, sparkling semi-precious stones, ostrich feathers, iron-on diamantes, gold thread, and wholesale bales of silk, organza and lame which dazzle in rainbow hues and intensities.