Originally a Malay enclave in the 19th century, Kampong Glam retains much of its architectural heritage and cultural delights. What is especially notable is the gleaming Sultan Mosque, a renowned religious landmark in Singapore. The area also harbours the beautifully restored Malay Heritage Centre – once the royal seat of the Malay sultans in Singapore – where you can spend a half day uncovering the history of Singapore’s Malay community.
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Things to Do at Merlion Park
Looking for things to do at Merlion Park? In the spirit of exploration, here are seven “stops” you can search for around Merlion Park on a self-guided walk. These locations are all within easy walking reach of Merlion Park. Besides these, there are plenty of other interesting landmarks to explore in the vicinity too.
As an activity, you can refer to this list of stops below and try to locate them (be aware of your surroundings when looking at the Little Day Out website on a mobile device). We have also provided little clues to help you along the way.
As an incentive, you can also institute a reward system where kids get little tokens for successfully locating each of these stops. Or simply take a family ‘we-fie’ to mark your find.
You can purchase a downloadable map for this Merlion Park walking quest. It is available at only $1.50 from the Little Day Out Shop.
Happy explorations as a family.
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Drop INN Hostel Singapore is located along Lavender Street . Nearest MRT stations are;
- Boon Keng MRT (purple line) 8 mins by foot
- Lavender MRT (green line) 5 mins away by bus, and 15 mins by foot.
- Bendemeer MRT (blue line) 10 mins by foot
We are mostly 15 minutes away from Orchard Road, Marina Bay Sands, Chinatown by bus or train. And the 24 hours Mustafa Centre shopping mall is a 15 mins walk.
Little India & Temples
The name says it all. This vibrant neighbourhood is a slice of India in multi-cultural Singapore. Blending the old and new, the buzzing ethnic enclave is peppered with spice shops, jewellery stores, flower vendors, saree specialists, trendy cafes and hip watering holes; each offering a heady experience like no other. Don’t worry if you missed the dazzling Deepavali lights here in October, ‘cos there’s still plenty to see and do in this lively district.
Any Singaporean who has not visited Mustafa—a glorious 24-hour megamall in Little India— is certainly losing out big time. With six different entrances, it takes a certain level of skill to navigate the madness within.
After a whole day of shopping at Mustafa Centre, head over to one of the many excellent Indian F&B joints around the area to fill your tummy up with rich Indian curry, crispy prata and hearty murtabak.
Shop like a local
Near to MRT stations along the Northeast (purple) line, City Square Mall is one of the easily accessible mall along the line that offers just about everything you need. It is directly connected to Farrer Park MRT station and is one of the largest city fringe malls in Singapore.
Equipped with 11 levels of retail stores, restaurants, even a cinema, and a famous French sports retailer, Decathlon. City Square Mall is a popular destination for families with exhilarating activities and promotions. Keeping true to the Singaporean spirit, City Square Mall is now rolling out a series of irresistible promotions from clothing to food.
City Square Mall is also Singapore’s first eco-mall to be integrated with a 49,000 sq ft urban park named City Green, located within the planning area of Kallang. The mall sits on the site of Singapore’s historic New World Amusement Park and is designed to provide a learning experience about ecology and the natural environment.
A taste of new and old charm, Chinatown.
In Chinatown, the five-foot-ways still exist, as do the street hawkers – but now alongside chic bars and restaurants. Busy, noisy, filled with people, that’s the general consensus of the Chinatowns of the world. Singapore’s is no different, but ours (perhaps we’re biased) has a charming air about it that appeals to both tourists and locals. A good mix of hawker fare and swish eateries, history and architecture, Chinatown is a riot of colour and things to see and do.
Culture lovers looking to immerse themselves in Buddhism’s rich art and history should pay a visit to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. The temple’s interior is architecturally designed in the form of a mandala, a central concept in Buddhist and Hindu spirituality that represents universal connection.