Our Little India guided walking tour themed “Streets Off Serangoon” brings you on a 90 minutes, hands-on journey to discover another side of the neighbourhood around Race Course Road, Sungei Road, Jalan Besar and Weld Road.
From its varied architecture to its non-Indian history, we’ll share some secret stories of this evolving neighbourhood, to uncover the layers beyond its current association with migrant workers, riots and alcohol bans. Explore the streets in a small group, like a local, as we skip the tourist hotspots (Mustafa, Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, spice shops, henna stands and banana leaf restaurants).
Sights and stories covered include:
- A rare historic Chinese 'bungalow' style residence still standing: the House of Tan Teng Niah
- A much anticipated cultural icon slated to open later in 2015: the Indian Heritage Centre
- An award-winning heritage conservation design: the Wanderlust Hotel (previously the Hong Wen School)
- A post-war church that tells the story of the Heng Hwa immigrants: the Church of the True Light
- A gazetted national monument: the Masjid Abdul Gafoor Mosque
- Facades and features unique to South East Asia: Late Style Shophouses on Upper Weld Road
- Street art that injects colours onto Race Course Road and Perak Road
Why we love Little India: it's where we head to get our fix of insomnia-driven shopping, inspiring vegetarian food and late night dim sum. A neighbourhood charged with human energy, laden with the smell of jasmine garlands and ringing with the sounds from the temples. Backpackers cross paths with grocery-shopping migrant workers and locals, while cafes serving craft coffee sprout right next to jewellers decked out in yellow gold.
We're casual and beginner friendly:
- Prior knowledge of architecture is not required - we explain everything from the basics
- We always start our tour with a friendly group introduction. Come make some new friends!
- The group size is limited to 8, to ensure quality interaction
- Read more FAQs about us
A bumpy walk:
- This walking route is challenging because there is limited space on the sidewalks combined with heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
- This specific walk is unsuitable for young children, prams and wheelchairs. Please refer to our Kampong Glam tour instead.
Buildings featured include works by architecture firms and street artists:
- Greg Shand Architects
- DP Architects
- SZ Architects (also conserved Fatimah Mosque, Khadijah Mosque, Nagore Durga)
- Eunice Lim (artwork "Cattleland" [photo | video] produced for LASALLE Little India ArtWalk, part of Singapore Art Week 2015)
- Read our interview with Eunice
- Ernest Zacharevic
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