Exploring Singapore (part 1)

RAISE your hand if you need a vacation! I know I do.

With Summer peeping around the corner, it’s officially time to start fantasizing about your next getaway. While there’s nothing like an all around country where we can try everything under one sky, we can certainly try to explore Singapore.

In Singapore, various ‘nationalities’ can be found in this amazing country.  One of them is Little India, a neighborhood to the east of the Central Business District.  Serangoon Road, the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare, has been for centuries a commercial and community space for immigrants from other parts of Asia. Indians were among the first migrants to Singapore in the early 19th century, and Singapore was part of a larger interlocking colonial network, the hub of which was India.

The large numbers of vegetarian eateries at the southern end of the neighborhood clustered around Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, one of the oldest temples in Singapore, make evident that Little India has long been a Hindu Tamil enclave.  Sri Veeramakaliamman is Little India’s prettiest, busiest and most difficult to pronounce temple, in my opinion. Lying at the heart of the neighbourhood on Serangoon Road, this Hindu temple dates all the way back to the 19th century, although the present structure was completely much more recently. Sri Veeramakaliamman is hard to miss, with its hundreds of tiny colourful statues blanketing the exterior temple structure. Inside is just as impressive, although expect crowds of worshippers to gather on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Entrance is free but don’t forget to dress respectfully and take your shoes off when stepping inside.

Now with all the yummy food located at Little India Singapore, you mustn’t forget to make a booking at ARFIT Club’s list of wellness partners conveniently located at Little India.  Your holiday is perfect when you finish it with a Hatha Yoga at a local yoga studio with friendly smiles and memories to bring back home.

 

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