Wednesday, July 15, 2015

SG/MY Tour: Little India, Chinatown, Orchard Road

For our 3rd day in Singapore for, we went for a cultural tour, naks! We went and visited the following places (I am just going to link relevant information from Wikipedia for further reading):
1. Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple-a Hindu temple in Serangon Road
2. Shree Lakshimanarayan  Temple-another Hindu temple in Chander Road. Notice the colorful house? We passed by houses like these in Little India on the way to the temple.

3. Yueh Hai Tsing Temple- a Chinese temple which is also Singapore's oldest Taoist temple.
4. Nagoreh Darga Museum-a shrine and museum by Indian Muslims
5. Telok Ayer Street-'the original focal point of settelement in Chinatown.
6. Thian Hock Keng temple-the oldest and most important Hokkien temple in Singapore
7. Al-Abrar Mosque-one of the earliest Mosque's in Singapore 
8. Amoy Street-where a lot of migrants from Amoy came
9. Ann Siang Hill Park-site of the home Chia Ann Siang, a wealthy Malacca-born landowner. In the 1800s, one of Singapore’s earliest Cantonese Chinese burial grounds was located at the foot of this hill. 
10. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum- one of the best museums I have ever been, with its 100 Buddhas on display.  There are 4 floors, a mezzanine and roof where there are thousands of displays! A must-visit.
11. Chinatown Street market- must see Chinese culture and heritage center
12. Sri Mariamman Temple- oldest Hindu temple in Singapore. 
13. Singapore Botanic Garden-a great stop to rest and relax after a tiring day. We took a bus from Chinatown to here. 
14. Orchard road- the retail haven. We met a friend working in Singapore for dinner here. 
It was a very tiring day, I kid you not.  But we loved all the places that we visited.  It was very educational and fulfilling. Singapore is a country that is very modern and yet they value their culture and heritage as well. Next time I go to Singapore, I know that this is more than just a business center!

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