Little India, Singapore

Little India, Singapore

Little India

Little India, as the name promises, is the centre for the large Indian community in Singapore. While a rather sanitised version of the real thing in India, Singapore's Little India retains its distinct South Asian identity without degenerating into an over commercialised tourist attraction. For visitors, Little India is one of the most colourful, interesting and attractive places to visit in Singapore. 
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Little India's primary attraction is the town itself. Here you can find the gaily painted shophouses that are an icon of Singapore. However, many of the signboards written in Tamil have almost disappeared and replaced with Hindi, Bengali and other Indian scripts. Stores and markets here hawk saris and gold bangles, spices and incense waft from the doorways and Bollywood's latest sound tracks blare from every other alleyway. Little India is a good choice for spicey Indian curry dishes as well as vegetarian foods.

Little India, Singapore

Street in Little India

The North-East MRT line's Little India and Farrer Park Stations (near Serangoon Road) are convenient entry points into the area. The Bugis MRT Station on the East-West line is also within walking distance. Getting taxis into Little India can be difficult, especially on weekends. It's best to either book by phone or head to the major roads on the edges to flag one down. Little India's main drag is Serangoon Road, which starts at Rochor Canal Rd and continues northward to Serangoon itself, where it ends at Punggol. The action is tightly concentrated a few blocks on either side of the road and can be easily covered on foot.

Shophouses in Little India, Singapore

Shophouses in Little India

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