Little India was settled by Indian Laborers in the 18th century. According to Wikipedia, it was built around a former settlement of Indian convicts and because of its proximity to the river, it used to be a place to raise cattle.
Aside from the heat and humidity, we enjoyed our time in Little India.
We took the SMRT there and it was really easy. (We bought 3 day tourist passes). It was fast, organized and clean!
Tip– stand in the red zone and wait for train passengers to exit through the green zone. Then get in. It’s pretty organized! Also, on escalators, stand on the left, walk on the right side.
Upon arriving in Little India, we strolled up and down the main drag, Serangoon Road. I loved the smells of the fresh flower garlands.
The girls got henna done.
We visited the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple (try saying that 10 times fast!)
We strolled past the last Chinese villa in Little India. The very colorful house of Tan Teng Niah.
We ate an extremely authentic and spicy Indian lunch at Gandhi Restaurant.
We didn’t buy anything but there were plenty of flowers, saris and massive amounts of gold jewelry to be had!
I guess the only negative (aside from Singapore’s heat and humidity) is the fact that Little India was not as clean as other parts of Singapore.
On our second day in Singapore, we checked out Chinatown.
Since much of Singapore is a spotless maze of underground food courts, restaurants, malls and trains, this is another outdoor and different destination on your Singapore to do list.
We enjoyed exploring Chinatown.
Yes, you saw that third picture correctly, there is a large Hindu temple in Chinatown-the Sri Mariamman Temple.
Our favorite site in Chinatown was the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. This 4-story temple was founded in 2002 and opened to the public in 2007. It cost $62 million! It actually houses a tooth that supposedly belonged to the Buddha.
Up next…Singapore Gardens by the Bay