The Colorful and Hip Neighborhood of Kampong Glam-Haji Lane, Singapore

haji lane
Located few meters walk from the very busy Bugis MRT station, one of the most unmissable and celebrated part of Singapore is the Kampong Glam District.

The Kampong Glam District is historically and present day home of the Native Malay and Muslim Community with the picturesque Masjid Sultan in the center.
kampong glam-haji lane
kampong glam-haji lane

First built in 1826, re-built in 1928 and features a carpet donated by the Prince of Saudi Arabia, an exploration of the district starts with a visit to Masjid Sultan (Sultan Mosque). Visitors can enter the mosque freely provided that they are dressed appropriately to enter the place of worship and if not, cloaks are available for free.
kampong glam-haji lane
kampong glam-haji lane
kampong glam-haji lane

Kampong Glam is divided into several streets with names mostly derived from main cities in the Middle East such as Baghdad Street and Muscat Street. The most famous street must be the Bussorah Street, a main pedestrian thoroughfare lined with Palm trees and the street is mostly known for as the best angle to capture the vibe of Kampong Glam.

Bussorah Street offers an eclectic mix of Sisha restaurants, backpackers hostels, IT shops and stores selling souvenir trinkets while further down the block are the shophouses of Arab Street selling carpets, antiques and textiles.
kampong glam-haji lane
kampong glam-haji lane
kampong glam-haji lane
kampong glam-haji lane
kampong glam-haji lane
kampong glam-haji lane
kampong glam-haji lane
kampong glam-haji lane
kampong glam-haji lane

Within the vicinity of Kampong Glam is the hip neighborhood of Haji Lane, a small alleyway of quaint boutiques, vintage record shops and international bars.
kampong glam-haji lane
kampong glam-haji lane
kampong glam-haji lane
kampong glam-haji lane

Haji Lane kind of reminded me of Shimokitazawa, Tokyo, where time best spent not actually buying anything but strolling along and admiring the creative storefront decoration.
kampong glam-haji lane
kampong glam-haji lane
kampong glam-haji lane
kampong glam-haji lane
kampong glam-haji lane
kampong glam-haji lane

With the colorful background and wall graffiti, Haji Lane is famous for fashionable young who some of them purposely visited the street for a photography session.
kampong glam-haji lane
kampong glam-haji lane
kampong glam-haji lane
kampong glam-haji lane
kampong glam-haji lane
kampong glam-haji lane

The recent addition of Lithuanian born- Penang based Street Artist Ernest Zacharevic wall installations at Jalan Pisang and Jalan Klapa added up to the over-all unique vibe of Kampomg Glam Distirct.
kampong glam-haji lane
kampong glam-haji lane
kampong glam-haji lane
kampong glam-haji lane

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