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Kampong Glam or Glam Village is a smaller area of a few blocks which is known as the Malay-Arab Quarter Singapore. Kampong Glam is named after the Gelam tree which once grew in the area. In 1822 Sir Stamford Raffles made the first plans for Singapore city and allocated this area to the Arabs, Burgis Traders, Javanese, Boyanese and other Muslim traders. In the 19th century the streets were named with Arabian names and cities - Arab Street, Muscat Street, Kandahar Street and Baghdad Street.

 

In the centre of Kampong Glam is the Sultan Mosque built in 1924 and made a national Monument in 1975. The mosque is open to visitors everyday - 9am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm. Friday it is restricted to 2.30pm - 4pm so not to disturb Friday prayers. You must be conservatively dressed, no shorts, tank tops, backless tops, low cut tops (for women).

 

Sultan Mosque Singapore

 

Just next to Sultan Mosque is the Sultan Palace or Istana Kampong Gelam which is now the Malay Heritage Centre. The palace was built in 1840 by Sultan Ali the son of Sultan Hussein.

Sultan Palace - Kampung Glam Singapore

 

Hotels and backpacker hostels in Kampong Glam

 

Sleep Sam's Bed & Breakfast 55 Bussorah Street Singapore Ph: +65 9277 4988. Located within Kampong Glam - Malay-Arab Quarter of Singapore. Dorm beds from S$28 per night. Breakfast and high speed internet access included in price. Private rooms available from S$59 per night.

Sleepy Sam's Bed and Breakfast Singapore

 

Feel At Home Backpacker Hostel 7A Jalan Pinang (next to Arab Street) Singapore Ph: +65 6296 9554. Dorm beds from S$23 per night.

Feel At Home Backpacker Hostel Singapore

 

Superb Hub Hostel 2A Jalan Pinang (next to Arab Street) Singapore Ph: +65 9669 9990. Located within Kampong Glam the Malay-Arab Quarter Singapore. Dorm bed prices S$35 per night.

Superb Hub Hostel Singapore

 

Last updated 22nd August 2011

Kampung Glam Malay-Arab Quarter Singapore

 

Sultan Gate is located next to the Sultan Palace in Kampong Glam. Sultan Gate was built in the 1920s for the Bendahara or Prime Minister or the highest official of the Kampong (village). This bungalow was also refered to as the 'Yellow villa'.

Sultan Gate Kampung Glam Singapore

 

Arab Street was named after the Arab population who brought the Islamic religion to Singapore as well as a wide variety of goods to trade. Even today Arab Street is lined with shops selling textiles, carpets, saris, batik, leather goods, cane, rattan and perfumes.

Arab Street Singapore textiles for sale

 

Arab Street Kampung Glam Singapore

Restaurants in Kampong Glam

There are a number of great restaurants in Kampong Glam. There are a mixture of Arabic, Middle Eastern restaurants including Turkish Restaurants, Lebanese Restaurants, Egytian Restaurants as well as a number of Indonesian restaurants. Here is a list of restaurants with contact details and restaurant reviews:

Sufi Turkish & Mediterranean Restaurant 48 Arab Street Singapore Ph: +65 9298 2258. Open 7 days a week from 11am to 6am.

Sufi Turkish & Mediterranean Restaurant Singapore

 

Beirut Fine Lebanese Cuisine Restaurant 72 Bussorah Street Singapore Ph: +65 6341 7728. Located within Kampong Glam the Malay-Arab Quarter of Singapore. Open Mon - Sat 12pm - 9pm. 100% Halal cuisine.

Beirut Fine Lebanese Cuisine Restaurnat Singapore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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