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Little India Singapore

Origin :
Chinatown, Singapore
Sir Stamford Raffles, sailed into Singapore in 1819, with him was an entourage of 2320 Indian settlers in Singapore, and they resided mainly in the area near Chulia Street in Chinatown, which Raffles had originally designated for the Indian community. In the late 19th century, many Indian migrants came to Singapore to find work, be it to build roads, clear swamps or to take up key positions in the civil service.

The Glimpses of India :
Traditionally the home of Singapore's Indian community, Serangoon Road and its neighbouring side streets are still today a bustling hive of sights, sounds and intriguing aromas. A rainbow of colours greets you as you wind your way through the streets. Here, where the locals shop, you can buy almost anything that's Indian, from handicrafts and Kashmir silk to peacock feathers and flower garlands. Glittering silk-threaded saris, brassware and Indian-designed jewellery are particularly good buys.

Here in the heartland of the Indian community is a fusion of colors, sounds and scents, where the spiritual is interwoven with the material needs and practices of the people. Shop for the unexpected and the unusual - you'll discover an array of Indian silks, brassware and bangles that will fascinate you.

India in Multi Facets

Rich Aroma :
Walk through the streets of Little India and experience the aromatic scents of spices and incense. At a spice shop, learn how spices are ground into curry powder.

Home Makers :
Observe the art of weaving flowers into garlands and catch a glimpse of a fortune-telling parrot! See how henna is applied in intricate patterns on your feet and palms and how Indian women adorn the floor with vibrant geometric designs. Learn the art of dressing in traditional Indian attire and try on a "Sari" or a "Kurta". Study the significance of gold jewelry and witness craftsman craft intricate Indian jewelry.

Healing Touch
Learn about Ayurvedic medicine - the ancient Indian science based on natural herbs. Examine hand-woven fabrics and hand-made furniture from different parts of India.

Be Spiritual :
And at last, At an Indian temple, learn the significance of the temple architecture and temple rituals. Don't miss the Little India Cultural Corner which transports you back in time through an archival display. A captivating video presentation provides an insight into Indian culture through the eyes of a prominent Indian doctor. 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.

Best Time to Visit :
During Deepavali, the Indian Festival of Lights that celebrates the triumph of Good over Evil, Little India is transformed into a fairyland of gaily decorated, brightly lit streets bustling with shoppers.

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