Things to see and do
Singapore's National Design Centre (NDC) opened in March 2014. This focal point for all things design in Singapore is a space where designers and businesses exhibit their products, exchange ideas and even work. The NDC is aptly located in the Bugis and Bras Basah area, near heritage landmarks and ... read more
The original mosque was part of the Sultan's palace complex, hence the name, but the current building with its iconic golden dome was built in 1924 by noted colonial architecture firm Swan and Maclaren. Sultan Mosque is Singapore's largest mosque and the prayer hall nears its capacity of 5,000 ... read more
Though it's definitely a Hindu temple dedicated to Krishna — an important god identifiable by his blue skin — worshippers from the neighbouring Buddhist temple also stop by for some prayer and space has been made for an idol of Chinese goddess Kwan Im. The rooftop carvings of animals and ... read more
The temple is dedicated to Kwan Im (the Goddess of Mercy) and people pray for good luck. Don't leave without getting your fortune told — shake the canister of divining sticks until one falls and its number corresponds to a printed fortune. The road outside the temple is pedestrianised and fills ... read more
Also Singapore's narrowest street (well lane) Haji has a distinctively bohemian feel with street art, tattoo parlours and independent shops selling jewellery, books and clothes from local designers. Head east along the lane, which is only a few hundred metres long, and pop into any of the ... read more
Now the devotees and incense sellers at the Chinese Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple and the Hindu Sri Krishnan Temple spill onto the road with no problems and the area has flourished with restaurants, shops and budget hotels. The stretch of Waterloo Street before it becomes pedestrianised runs ... read more
The streets are lined with palm trees and two-storey shophouses selling Middle Eastern carpets, traditional clothing and various knick-knacks. The call to prayer sounds out from majestic Sultan Mosque and Bussorah Road opposite it has become a pedestrian area with cafes and a souvenir market. ... read more
The second-level is designated for local designers and a good place to shop for unique jewellery and clothing at reasonable prices. Of course, if you're in the market for mass-produced Merlion T-shirts there are plenty of those too (3 for S$10). If you work up an appetite from all the shopping ... read more
You don't need a license to sell and many vendors don't bother with folding tables and dump their wares — dial telephones, used sports equipment, yellowed paperbacks, broken computer monitors, secondhand shoes — right on the ground. Despite most of it being junk, sellers have an inflated ... read more
Good deals are possible — especially if you're looking for camera parts or discontinued models — but you may be surprised to learn local electronic prices aren't much cheaper than in your home country. If you do make a major purchase ensure it has an international warranty and test it ... read more
Bugis Junction and Iluma are geared toward younger shoppers with music stores, cosmetic shops and affordable, everyday fashion from brands like Giordiano, Levi's and Billabong. Each mall has a foodcourt, movie theatre and lots of casual chain restaurants like McCafe and Sakae Sushi. Not to ... read more
Though it has the typical onion-shaped dome and prayer hall, it also has a very distinctive minaret near the Imam's quarters. Also notable is that the mosque was named for a wealthy Malay businesswoman who donated her money and land for the mosque. Visitors are welcome outside of prayer ... read more
You'll need to be a member of the library to be able to sign anything out, but visitors are welcome to explore the building, use the free computers and surf through Travelfish.org courtesy of their free WiFi. Of course there are plenty of books, newspapers and reference materials to ... read more
Of the 20-some bookstores most sell a variety of new and used reading material, and you can pick up a paperback in gently used condition for as little as $2. One of the best is the Evernew Bookstore on the ground level with a bargain bin priced at 3 for $5 and discounted travel guides, textbooks ... read more
Of course the Malaysian royalty have long left Singapore's shores (though some probably own luxurious residences in Singapore) and the city-state hasn't had a Sultan since the 1800s. The building was converted to a centre for preserving traditional Malaysian culture and was officially opened in ... read more
In homage to the church's original Portuguese founders, the church was built in the shape of a Latin cross and has beautiful stained glass windows.
St Joseph's Church is known for its Good Friday procession and holds regular Mass.
Check the website for a schedule of services.
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