Mesmerizing Serangoon Road
Little India Singapore
"Vanakkum", a greeting in Tamil the language of the Tamil people who originated from the southernmost Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
Short History of Little India
The Indian influence in this region can be found in various forms for thousands of years, visible for example in ancient Hindu temples found in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and as far away as Bali and Java Indonesia. Ancient records and archaeological finds suggest that Indian civilisation influenced everything from language, arts, culture and religious lives in these areas. Today vibrant communities can is still be found in countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines.
In the early 1800's the British East India Company, who had colonised India, were conducting lucrative trade between India and China. And since the sparsely inhabited island of Singapore stood strategically half way along this maritime trade route, a certain Sir Stamford Raffles, an officer of the British East India company came ashore the island of Singapore with a company of Indian Sepoy (soldiers working for the British military), and established a trading post here. That might well be one of the earliest instance of Indians setting foot in Singapore. The year was 1819. It began 3 years of explosive and chaotic growth of the trading post.
In the famous Raffles Town Plan of 1822, Raffles re-organised the nascent new settlement of Singapore, with the large numbers of immigrants from China and India assigned the area south of the Singapore River to settle. Areas north of the river were allocated to the European community and for the government administrative buildings.
It wasn't until the 1840s that the area that we now know as Little India along Serangoon Road started attracting the attention of the Indian immigrants of Singapore, owing to the sudden interest of the new Race Course that was built in that area by the British.
LITTLE INDIA TRADE
Early traders and businesses was drawn to the presence of fresh water streams like the Rochor Canal and availability of pasture for cattle rearing, sparking the famed cattle trading and other related commerce around the area. The decades following saw more Indians settling along the area and bringing in more trade like flower garland stalls, spice trading, restaurants, gold jewelry shops, garment stalls and Hindu temples .
Today, the area is still vibrant and bustling, and occasionally chaotic especially the weekends, Public Holiday and Indian festivals. Come during these festival days and you'll be jostling cheek by jowl with other tourists, and locals alike shopping and bargaining for souvenirs, goodies, latest sarees or simply picking up some spices for whipping up a curry lunch back home. Walk down Serangoon Road and slip into the numerous side streets of Little India, exploring little nooks and corners that will sure throw up surprises and charming aspects of life there now.
Popular local Indian food include the top favourite Roti Prata, Dosai, Idly, Naan, Chappati, and Briyani (flavoured rice).
You are spoiled for choice absolutely as every corner you turn is a food delight waiting to be explored. Try the Tekka Market for cheap and delicious hawker food.
RLC Recommends :
Follow us as we take you along a self-guided walking tour of Little India. The walk is about 1-2 hours it will take you along a meandering stroll along the quaint side streets on both sides of main road Serangoon Road.
Try Henna tattoo.
Try Roti Prata, Briyani Rice, Indian Sweet Meats, and Teh Tarik.
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gallery (little india singapore)
Experience the clash of colours as you meander through the thoroughfares of Little India, Serangoon Road at the centre of it all. Click on photo for photo slide show.
location and getting there
Bounded by Race Course, Serangoon Road, Jalan Besar, Rochor Road and Kitchener Road.
NEAREST TRAIN STATION :
Little India MRT (NE7/DT12)
Farrer Park MRT (NE8)
SERANGOON ROAD (07031 - Tekka Market)
23, 64, 65, 66, 67, 131, 139, 147, 857
BUKIT TIMAH ROAD (40019 - Little India Train Station)
48, 56, 57, 66, 67, 131, 166, 170, 851, 960
JALAN BESAR ROAD (07419 - Junction of Veerasamy Road)
23, 64, 65, 66, 67, 130, 139, 147, 857