25 December 2013

Kampong Glam

Where would you go in Singapore in order to avoid the crowds on a festive holiday? 

We, the Poks have decided to go on a heritage trail at Kampong Glam. Yup! We went for a slow morning walk around the Malay Heritage Area. The area was quiet in the morning and it was just the perfect time for Daddy Pok to snap some really nice pictures to add into his photography album. Kampong Glam is a place where it exhibits rich Muslim culture and it is home to some glamorous historical architectures which would feast one’s eye.

We parked our car at Aliwal Street and started our journey there. There is a public car park opposite Eat.Play.Love Café and it is free on public holidays. We headed towards Sultan Gate to our first stop – The Malay Heritage Centre.

1. The Malay Heritage Centre

The Malay Heritage Centre
The Malay Heritage Centre was once the Istana Kampong Glam, or also known as the Sultan’s Palace. It is now housed to a heritage museum showcasing the culture of the Malay community. We shall visit the museum when the boys are older and would appreciate history. The compound of the heritage centre was big enough for the boys to roam around. It has a water fountain and a small garden showcasing various herbs, spices and plants which was traded in the olden days.

AHOY! The pirates are coming!  @ The Malay Heritage Centre

We then exited the Malay Heritage Centre at Kandahar Street and headed towards Masjid Sultan.

2. Masjid Sultan

Masjid Sultan
Masjid Sultan, or also known as the Sultan Mosque was dated back since 1820s. The first Masjid Sultan was constructed between 1824 and 1826 and it was made of a brick structure with a three-tier tiled roof. Later in 1924, the mosque was rebuilt in order to serve a larger Muslim community. The interesting fact about the new structure is that the black base of the dome was constructed by glass bottles donated by the Malay community. Remember to look closely the next time you pass by Masjid Sultan! What can the boys do here? Oh yes, they were asked to look out for the crescent and star which represented the symbol of Islam!

 3. Bussorah Street

Where is Vann? Oops, he is hiding behind Mummy playing hide n seek with the camera.

From Masjid Sultan, we walked down the path of Bussorah Street. Some shops were just starting to open. There were shops selling souvenirs, glass perfume bottles, and some were serving Mediterranean food. It was easy to find lots of quirky things to discover. 
Quirky sights at Bussorah Street

We noticed some nice tile patterns along Bussorah Street. Guess whose feet are these?

From Bussorah Street, we walked along Baghdad Street, then walked across Arab Street and entered the time machine where it landed us to a small alley with an avid artistic atmosphere – the Haji Lane!

 4. Haji Lane

Haji Lane - Alley to the fashion world!

This place was pretty quiet in the morning, perfect for toddlers to roam around.  The down side of it was that most of the shops were not open yet. We strolled along the empty streets while looking at some creative designs on the buildings. We also experienced window shopping fun (peeping through the glass windows of the shops since the shops were all closed). Nevertheless, Daddy’s camera went wild here while the boys caught some breath by sitting at the 5 foot way.

Having a drink at Kaki Lima!
The artistic vibe at every little corner.... Stunning murals at Haji Lane

After 1.5 hours of our morning walking, we ended our heritage trail by heading back to our starting point which was also our last stop  – Eat.Play.Love café for lunch and desserts. We hope that you have enjoyed the morning journey with us. Adios!

For more pictures of this trail, please view here.

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