Why the name Kampong Glam?
Before you conclude that it's full of glamour and gold, "glam" is originally "gelam", which is the tree that was aplenty in this area. "Kampong" means "village" in the past, but today, it is affectionately used to refer to "community", with an emphasis on our historical roots as a people. Kampong Glam is designated as the Malay and Arab enclave since 1822.
What to see at Kampong Glam?
The Sultan Mosque, or Masjid Sultan, is impossible to miss when you're in this area. Daily prayers are offered up by its Muslim congregants. There's also the Malay Heritage Centre with various exhibitions and programs. And finally, the many eclectic streets of Kampong Glam breathe life to the area, making it one-of-a-kind in Singapore.
What to do at Kampong Glam?
To begin with, the most famous street in Kampong Glam is Haji Lane. It is home to many local artists, and shops and cafes with quirky decor and products. You also have Gelam Gallery, Singapore's only outdoor graffiti gallery. And there are many hidden gems in the enclave... food, bars, spas, dessert and more! We'll share more along the way.