Little India is one of the most iconic places that you have to visit when you are here in Singapore. The buzzing and vibrant district that hosts many shops that exhibit exquisite local cultures. This article introduces the various things that you can do and guide you through Little India.

Little India is very accessible via public transport as one can simply take train services and alight at the Little India MRT Station. You will find yourself situated at the Little India Arts Belt once you have exited Exit A.

  1. Murals

There is an Instagram-worthy mural with buffaloes, a whole stretch of colourful shophouses and local restaurants in the Little India Arts Belt.

They are the iconic murals in Little India and many visitors tend to take numerous shots in the area.

  1. Sri Veeramakaliamman temple

How can we miss out the famous Sri Veeramakaliamman temple when we are at Little India?

Image taken from: http://travel2unlimited.com/singapore-sri-veeramakaliamman-temple/

We had to take out our shoes and cleanse our feet before entering the religious temple.

As Hinduism does not merely worship one god, multiple deities are displayed in the temple for devotees to pay their respect to the divine beings.

A Hindu devotee is worshipping the deities for protection and justice in the Hindu culture. They are Sri Madurai Veeran (left), Sri Chinna Karuppar (middle), Sri Periya Karuppar (right).

  1. Henna

Many shops in Little India provide services for you to have Henna done on your body. Henna has cooling effect, so people in the desert use it to cool down their body temperature. It is also used on special occasions like weddings, holidays and birthdays.

Fun fact: Henna is thought to bestow blessings and good luck. Thus, some people follow the tradition that if Henna is visible on women’s hands, they are excused from household chores. Hence, the intricate designs would not be washed off so easily.

  1. Garlands

There are various stalls that sell flowers and garlands at the roadside. Garlands can be in the form of gajra, floral decorations for hair, or to worship the deities as well. Gajras are usually made from jasmine flowers, which is considered to be auspicious in the Indian culture and for its fragrance.

  1. Indian Heritage Centre

Displaying a wide array of exhibitions, the Indian Heritage Centre showcases the lives of our Indian forefathers.

Image taken from: Urban Architecture Now

This is an ongoing exhibition on Peranakan Indian community in IHC that its not to be missed!

Date: 07 Sep 2018 – 05 May 2019

Location: 5 Campbell Lane, Singapore 209924

It is within 5 minutes walking distance from the Little India MRT station, and can easily find your way there via Google Maps.

Opening hours:

Tuesdays -Thursdays: 10am to 7pm

Fridays – Saturdays: 10am to 8pm

Sundays/ Public Holidays: 10am to 4pm

Closed on Mondays

*Free admission for Singapore citizens and PRs

  1. Malay Heritage Centre (MHC)

Last but not least, we have the Malay Heritage Centre. Opened in 2005, the MHC provides enriching cultural exposure for visitors of all ages and interests into the Malay community.

Image taken from: Flickr

The Malay Heritage Centre showcases many aspects of our Malay community, which ranges from their daily activities to their religious practices. It has a visitor’s centre, which allows you to grab some souvenirs like postcards and batik scarfs.

Moreover, there is a museum which displays a vast array of exquisite items which are special in the Muslim culture.

This is a handwritten and illuminated Qur’an manuscript which is displayed in the museum.

Malay Heritage Centre

Location:

85 Sultan gate, Singapore 198501

Opening hours:

Tuesday – Sunday: 10am to 6pm (last admission 5.30pm)

Monday: closed

There are many things to do in Little India, and this is not an exhaustive list. Do feel free to comment down in the comments section what you like to do and where you like to visit in Little India.

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