Little India is one of Singapore's most colorful districts spreading out along Serangoon Rd, populated by the descendants of the Indians who arrived in Singapore in the mid 1800’s.
Little India has much to offer and it is not just about food. As an example, Little India Cultural Corner (next to the food court in the Little India Arcade) transports you back in time through an archival display. There's also a striking display of traditional Indian items and story signs which brings to life the rich symbolism and use of these items. So if you are visiting Singapore in the near future, do put it on your list of things to see and do whilst here... in fact, put it at the top of your list!
The first Indian settlers in Singapore arrived with Sir Stamford Raffles as assistants and soldiers back in 1819. It is a place where you can get your future told by a parrot while sipping a teh tarik. (The parrot pecks out the cards and the teh is a hand pulled cup of tea). North from Fort Canning Park you soon enter Little India, whose main drag - Serangoon Road - is around fifteen minutes' walk from Raffles Hotel.
Today, Little India is the focal point of Singapore's Indian community. Hundreds of Indians assemble on Serangoon Road on Saturdays and Sundays to share the news received from 'home'. The crush has become so dense that the police create temporary passages through the crowds to let pedestrians and shoppers through. During Deepavali, the Indian Festival of Lights, Little India is transformed into a fairyland of gaily decorated, brightly lit streets bustling with shoppers.
In Little India, spice-scented streets beckon you to a treasure trove of silverware, brassware, ethnic jewelry, jasmine garlands and silk saris. In flower shops, watch garland makers creating beautiful flower leis or have your hands painted in traditional henna designs.
From the large Tekka Centre (also called the Zhujiao Centre) to the small provision shops, Little India is packed with interesting things to discover.
Don't miss the Little India Cultural Corner (next to the food court in the Little India Arcade) which transports you back in time through an archival display. There's also a striking display of traditional Indian items and story signs which brings to life the rich symbolism and use of these items.