Indisches Viertel - Little India

Little India, Singapore 2010

The former Swampland is today the center of the Indian life of Singapore. After the landing of Raffles in 1819, a great immigration wave came from India a few years later. The newcomers mostly worked in the construction industry and after the initially thought-out place became too narrow the hike into the today’s Little India, which got its name already in this time began.

Two reasons were decisive for the influx: on the one hand the cattle farming in the vicinity of today’s district and on the other the construction of a race track in 1843.

Today, one feels in the streets of Little India in an Indian city. The houses are less impressive here, but life on the street with all its sensual impressions. Particularly for the shopping of spices, jewelry, silk, glass jewelry and flowers is worth the visit in the district. In any case, you should act here, of course! For a shopping trip, the Little India Arcades, which were completely renovated in 1982, are particularly suitable.

In addition to the “Temple of the 1000 Lights”, one should pay a visit to the Srinivasa Perumal Kovil Temple. The temple dedicated to God Vishnu in the Serangoon Road is a national monument. Another noteworthy temple in Little India is the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, which was built in 1881 and consecrated to the goddess of power, Kali.


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