Gorgeous Street Art & 4 Other Things to Check Out at Kampong Glam

1. Ventured into the indie shopping scene

Haji Lane

Since the 1800s, Kampong Glam has traditionally been an area for the Malay community. Though some of that heritage is still evident today with the numerous Malay food stalls lining up along North Bridge Road, these days, the area is better known for its boutiques and cafes along Haji Lane.

If you’re tired of seeing the same few stores at practically every mall all over town, start off your day with some shopping along Bali Lane and Haji Lane for a different shopping experience. A slew of local designers and entrepreneurs have set up shops here and it’s a refreshing break to find vintage shops and boutiques selling contemporary, quirky garments, accessories and home decorations.

Though housed in pre-war shophouses, it’s evident that each shop has put painstaking efforts into their designs to give customers a different experience at every stop. The window displays will draw you in effortlessly and you’ll soon find yourself wandering from shop to shop, each time finding more unique and adorable items than the last!

Shop Info  Clothes Accessories Home Deco Others
Salad Shop 25 Haji Lane, S189218
6299 5805
12pm to 8pm | Mon to Sat
http://the-salad-store.blogspot.com
SSFW 35 Haji Lane, S189228
6293 3068
12pm to 8pm| Sun to Thu
12pm to 9pm | Fri to Sat, eve of PH
http://www.ssfw.com.sg
Tokyobike 38 Haji Lane, S189231
6299 5048
1pm to 8pm | Tue to Fri
12pm to 8pm | Sat to Sun
Closed on Mon and PH
http://www.tokyobike.sg
Bikes
Dulcetfig 1.       41 Haji Lane, S189234
6396 5648
12pm to 8pm | Daily
http://www.dulcetfig.com
Bags
Kolombiana 64 Haji Lane, S189257
9620 6039
12pm to 8pm | Daily
http://www.kolombiana.com
Bags
when i create 65A Haji Lane, S189258
11.30am to 8.30pm | Daily
http://whenicreate.com.sg
https://www.facebook.com/Whenicreate
Crafts
Spoil Market 74 Haji Lane, S189267
https://www.facebook.com/spoilmarketsg/timeline
Mondays Off 76 Haji Lane, S186269
12pm to 8pm | Daily
http://www.mondays-off.com

2. Stepped into the lives of the Malay aristocrats

Once home to the Malay aristocracy, Kampong Glam boasts of a strong Malay heritage and community and a visit would not be complete without a stopover at the Sultan Mosque and Malay Heritage Centre.

The history of the Sultan Mosque dates way back to the 1820s but the current mosque you see was built in 1928 and has been a national monument since 1975. Guided tours are available here.

Built back in 1928, the Sultan Mosque has stayed essentially unchanged and has been a national monument since 1975. However, its history dates even further back to the 1820s, if you would like to find out more, guided tours are available.

Unfortunately, the mosque is currently undergoing renovations and it’s architecture is all concealed. Works are expected to be completed end of this year.

Just one street down from the Sultan Mosque is the Malay Heritage Centre. Once the Sultan’s Palace, it currently showcases historic artifacts, multimedia and exhibits on the Malay culture and heritage in Singapore. And beside the Sultan Mosque, in similar arhictecture, is the Gedung Kuning (Yellow Mansion) which now houses a Malay restaurant, Mamanda.

Address: 
Sultan Mosque
3 Muscat Street, Singapore 198833
Tel: 6293 4405 / 6293 4043            
Opening hours: 9.30am to 12pm, 2pm to 4pm | Mon to Sun | 2.30pm to 4pm | Fri
Admission: Free
Guided tours available here.

Malay Heritage Centre
85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501
Tel: 6391 0450
Opening hours: 10am to 6pm (last admission 5.30pm) | Tue to Sun | Closed on Mon
Admission: Free to Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents
Guided tours available here.

Gedung Kuning (Mamanda)
Type of cuisine: Malay
73 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198497
Tel: 6396 6646
Opening hours: 11am to 10pm | Daily
Check out the reviews by hungrygowhere and johorkaki

3. Brought out my inner child

Children Little Museum

Take a trip down memory lane at the Children Little Museum which sits on the second storey of a shophouse just across the Sultan Mosque. Despite its small area, it boosts an impressive collection of retro items from the 1950s to 1970s that the average Singaporean might be familiar with. Compared to its more oft known neighbour the Mint Museum of Toys which charges $15 per entry, The Children Little Museum is a steal at $2. The admission to the first storey of the shophouse is free and it showcases antique items, some of which are up for sale. There’s even an old Vespa motorbike, a flaming red plastic dining bench and a jukebox to bring back memories of a 1950s diner.

If you miss the days where kids are entertained by things they find in the backyard instead of the app store, try your hand at the DIY Toy Workshop where you get to learn to make kites, chapteh, wooden guns, balancing pyramids, flying wheels, musical instruments, humpty dumpty and more!

For someone who grew up traumatised by dolls made famous by Chucky, the museum doubles up as a miniature museum of horrors with a disturbingly large number of dolls, some of which are hanging on the walls and staring down at you. If you enjoy scaring yourself Halloween style, visit at night for some extra creepiness!

Address:
Children Little Museum
42 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199460
Tel: 6298 2713
Opening hours: 1pm to 8.30pm | Daily
Admission: $2
Check out the review by littledayout

4. Painted the town red

Graffiti

Not to be outdone by the street art in Penang, Singapore’s street art has also taken off in Kampong Glam, an equally colourful neighbourhood, better known for some of its streets such as Arab Street and Haji Lane. And what’s wonderful is that the area rarely gets too crowded, so you can take as much time as you want getting that perfect shot!

Though half the fun lies in hunting down these hidden works of arts, if you would like a headstart, look along Bali Lane, Haji Lane, Jalan Pisang, Jalan Klapa and Aliwal Street. Here’s a great list of the art works you can find.

5. Blended in with the hipsters

To round off the day’s hipster adventures, make your way to the Golden Mile Tower. It’s pretty hard to miss this dated orange and yellow building along Beach Road which would appear be right at home in Hong Kong with the stained facade and a general air of neglect so seldom seen in Singapore. You probably can’t get much more hipster than this.

Inside Golden Mile Tower, you’ll find the latest independent cinema, The Projector. It has replaced the now defunct Golden Theatre, once the biggest cinema in Singapore and Malaysia in the 1970s. The Projector prides itself on a specially curated programme that showcases indie, foreign, cult favourites, classics, arthouse, horror, local flicks, retrospectives and spe cial themed nights.

Keeping in line with its hipster vibes, the first few rows of seats in the halls have been cleared and replaced with beanbags while the rest have been preserved in their original form from the 1970s. Be it budget constraints or a need to set themselves apart from mainstream cinemas, I am always disappointed by the uncomfortable seating in independent theatres and this place looks to be no different. But it’s still a place to check out before it closes (as most indie places inevitably do). Given it’s slightly more accessible location compared to Sinema (remember those stairs!?), let’s just hope it hangs around a little longer.

Address: 
The Projector
Golden Mile Tower
6001 Beach Road, Singapore 199589

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Isn’t this place also perfect for a food trail or some cafe hopping? Share with me your favourites in the comments below!

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Kia is a Singaporean who likes to make lists and plans. She sees her weekends as sacred pockets of time that should be used for more than just movies and food. She enjoys cuddling up with a book as much as exploring new places by foot in the insane Singapore humidity. Listening to her friends who lament that there’s “nothing to do in Singapore” and fly all over the world for holidays, Kia seeks to look for escapades closer to home. She found that even in such a tiny country, there are many places she hasn’t been, things she hasn’t tried, and old places are being revamped into new ones all the time. Soon, she saw the places around her like how tourists would see them, but better – fresh and yet familiar. Kia then sets out to plan itineraries for her weekend escapes and it became a habit she enjoyed. And now she wants to share them with you. After all, there are 52 weekends in year and only so many holidays you can take. What if you can turn your dates with family and friends into holidays every week? Check out her adventures at www.downloadadate.wordpress.com

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