Little India is a neighborhood originated in colonial times, when British rulers established ethnic separation within the territory of Singapore. Today that segregation does not exist, but Little india It continues to maintain its traditions, so that at times it can give us the idea that we have changed countries.
Little India and other ethnic neighborhoodslemon_pipers / Flickr.com
Actually, in Singapore there are other neighborhoods originated in those colonial times. There is a Chinatown or an Arab quarter, but maybe Little India is the one that has best kept its essence. Especially everything from Tamil culture, to which the vast majority of Indians who arrived as emigrants to Singapore belonged.
Of course, those traditions of a gastronomic, religious or clothing character have remained, but it has also passed through the sieve of Singapore. What does that mean? Than in Little India the Hindu culture is seen and breathed but in a more neat and softened way, since it must be said that this is one of the cleanest countries in the world. Feature that India does not possess.
The attractions of Little India
The walk through Little India is a must during a trip to Singapore. And it's also a long walk, since it really there is much to see in this area of the city. So then we present these attractions.
Serangoon Road Tourtristan tan / Shutterstock.com
Serangoon Road is the main road in the neighborhood and the one articulated by Little India. It is the artery in which traditional stores with all kinds of products are seen, as well as there is the Little India Arcade, the historic market built in the 20s of the last century.
Another commercial space in Little India is the Tekka Center. A great place to find Indian food stalls and restaurants. Besides that there you can also buy clothes.
The temples of Little IndiaSri Veeramakaliamman Temple -Ronnie Chua
Sri Veeramkaliamman is one of the most spectacular Hindu temples in the neighborhood. A construction of the late nineteenth century following all the constructive characteristics of southern India and in which the goddess Kali is worshiped.
But there are more interesting temples in Little India, for example the Sri Srinivasa Perumal. A place that, in this case, is dedicated to the god Visnu, whose figure appears on numerous occasions in his high tower or Gopuram
Plus there are other Buddhist temples, such as the 1,000 lights or Saky Muni Buddha Gaya Temple. Inside there is a great figure of Buddha, which reaches 15 meters high and weighs 300 tons.
Tan Teng Niah's houseTan Teng Niah's House - Choo Yut Shing / Flickr.com
Another of the monumental attractions is this house more than centenary. Curiously its owner was not an Indian, but a Chinese dedicated to the confectionery business. Still do not miss it during the walk through Little India, because its colorful facade will leave you speechless.
«There are no strange lands. It is the only traveler who is strange. ”
-Robert Louis Stevenson-
How to get to Little IndiaWilliam Pearce / Flickr.com
As with long journeys in Singapore, to reach Little India it is best to take advantage of the city subway. In this case the purple line, which has a stop with the name of the neighborhood. Although if you prefer to do the tour in another order, you can also go to the Farrer Park stop.
Highlights of Little India
There are three festivities that make this neighborhood a very special place. Two of them take place in January. On the one hand, there is the Hindu festival of Thaipusam, with its devout processions that border on masochism. On the other, the Pongal, more linked to traditional agricultural rites.
And if you travel to Singapore in October, you have to visit Little India to enjoy the most important Hindu party, the Deepavali. A few dates in which countless activities are celebrated in a completely decorated streets. Do not miss it!
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