Singapore stands second, when it comes to being the most densely populated self-dependent country in the world. This island nation is made up of one main isle surrounded by 63 small islets. The Singaporeans are actually descendants of immigrants from Sri Lanka, China, Sub Continent of India and the Malay Peninsula, who acquired distinct identity for themselves.
Singapore has many ethnic neighborhoods which make up the city. Earlier these neighborhoods were actually areas which segregated the population that had migrated from other places. But now these neighborhoods have retained their traditions and culture places which attract people from within and outside the city for its food, goods and culture.
The 5 neighborhoods of Singapore are:
A historic community, Tiong Bahru, has helped itself retain its ramshackle charm amidst the planned high rises of Singapore. The quiet small lanes and the architecture here epitomize the Art deco style. Tiong Bahru ensures a calm life away from the frantic pace of the life that exists in the city few miles away.
Western lifestyle has exploded in this region over the past few years including the hip coffee cafes and the popular bakery under the helm of Gontran Cherrier- while the French baker serving the best croissants in Singapore. The designer boutiques in this region sell almost everything from dresses to Swedish watches, jewelry and bags, artworks and home-ware along with vintage attire for women. Industrial chic massage parlor here is exquisite with an eccentric concept, where people enjoy their massages inside the shipping containers!
The strong community feeling is quite dominant in the people here. Though built in 1930s, this housing estate is the coolest enclave in Singapore.
The aroma of the Indian culture is strongly felt in Little India. Despite of the unappealing exteriors, the Singaporean Indian community generally comes to this place to shop, eat and play.
The Tekka Wet Market here has the cheapest and freshest poultry and vegetables through out Singapore. Indian sarees, jewelries, bangles and antiques in the shops here give you the feel as if you are strolling through the Indian lanes. The all day open Mustafa centre is a browsers delight. It attracts tourists and localities for slightly less expensive shopping. Another place to stop-by is the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple - the oldest Tamil style built shrine in this area dedicated to KALI-the Indian Goddess.
This enclave gives you the feeling of being in India for sometime.
Apart from being a tourist belt, Chinatown is also an enclave for the Chinese community that has still retained its cultural and historical roots here. It is an ethnic neighborhood distinctly featuring elements from a concentrated Chinese population. From cocktail bar hangouts to shoes that are hand painted, hand made crafts, unique t-shirts and many more items are what people are seen browsing and buying from here. One of the main curious attractions of this area is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. This sacred stupa of Buddha is made from pure 320 kilograms of gold, donated by its loyal devotees. Once here, you won’t be able to stop yourself from soaking into the Chinese essence despite of the prevalent diversification in tradition and culture.
Telok Blangah is one of the best places to admire in Singapore for its lush green scenic beauty and clean zone. Away from the bustling sky scrapers, crowded roads, and city hustle, this is the perfect place to breathe fresh air. Mount Faber is one of the must-visit locations overlooking the Telok Blangah area, the hill offers a birds view of the high-rises in the nearby areas and downtown. The Jewel Box at the hill top is the place from where one catches a cable car to reach the Sentosa Island. While another famous landmark of the Telok Blangah area is the Labrador Park. The calmness of the park and the sounds of splashing water against the rocks is sure to leave your soul nourished and revitalized. A peaceful time with Mother Nature in this region will make you feel refreshed.
A popular destination for the expatriates and young Singaporeans, Holland village or Holland V, is a small yet busy enclave in Singapore. Attracting more foreigners than localities, Holland V is famous for its food chains, eating joints, pubs, bars and cafes, with some of them playing live music even till late night. From commercial amenities to antique shops-Holland V is also known for being this island nation Bohemian Enclave for the variety of products it offers to its customers. The expatriates serve a lot of time of their day here by having breakfast, catching up with friends, running errands or even enjoying a relaxing spa.
These neighborhoods, though are identified by culture of the community of the people residing in them, they have also managed to imbibe in their practice the common traditions that the ethnics of Singapore follow.