If you haven’t read Day 1 of our Singapore adventure, you may read it here. Our 2nd day itinerary was a bit relaxed compared to the first day, but it turned out to be the day of walking. My siblings were not very happy with the amount of walking we had to do, but we all enjoyed the places we went to.
KAMPONG GLAM HERITAGE TRAIL
There is a trail which I’ve seen in the net when I researched for itinerary, the one called Kampong Glam Heritage Trail. This trail takes tourists through the bustling streets of Kampong Glam’s conserved area including Arab Street, Beach Road, Jalan Sultan and Victoria Street. One can start at the Masjid Sultan Mosque, and walk through the trail (below) to get a feel of what it’s like to be in Kampong Glam ~ from its culture and communities to its trades and crafts.
ARAB STREET, HAJI LANE
We started our DIY Kampong Glam Heritage trail at Arab Street where our hostel is located. Spices, textiles, basketry items and songkoks (caps widely worn in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, and Malaysia) are sold along this row of shophouses with five-foot way at Arab Street. It’s a busy street during the day, with merchants coming to and from both ends of the street. At night, you can hear chatter from bars and restaurants in the area.
Next up is the famous Haji Lane – with its picturesque walls, unique boutiques, and hippie vibes. One cannot just pass by Haji Lane without taking a few snaps of the beautifully painted shophouses. The street screams: ART! and we all loved it. To get the best shots in any angle you want, it’s best to go there early in the morning about 6 or 7AM as it gets crowded at around 8AM. I think we stopped at almost every shop house to take pictures!
We also went to the central area of Singapore where a lot of skyscrapers, parks, and museums (!!!! 😀 !!!) are located. The Civic District is home to these places we went to:
- Raffles City
- Fort Canning Hill
- Asian Civilisations Museum
- National Museum of Singapore
- Chijmes Cathedral