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How to plan your day for a visit to the India Arcade in Singapore

by Ayodha Ushani about a year ago in how to
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A visit to the India Arcade in Singapore

How to plan your day for a visit to the India Arcade in Singapore
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Whether you are hoping to get some shopping done during your layover in Singapore or you are simply looking for a new place to eat on your second week in the country the India Arcade in Little India is the place to be. Once it was the epicentre for the Indian migrants many decades ago, and now it is a historical site that is located quite close to the city centre.

This small 'district' in Singapore is packed with flavours, smells and sights that are bound to delight weary eyes or nourish the adventurers. If you do have the time, then it needs to be high up on your to-do list!

Take some time to check the Tekka Market

The Tekka Market is essentially the largest wet market in Singapore. This is where the nation visits to purchase all their fresh meat, produce as well as cooked goodies and elusive ingredients! This makes it a paradise for shoppers who are avid foodies. If you are a chef then this may just be filled with an array of ingredients that you are likely to never see elsewhere.

What makes this market particularly brilliant is that is also filled with amazing vendors who are selling delicious food for you to munch on as you explore the many stalls of the market. For example, local Indians and Singaporeans alike enjoy experiencing the joys of a 'Vadai' from the Sky Lab Cooked Food. This can immediately be followed up by a visit to an apparel store with displays of gorgeous traditional Indian attires!

If you wish you can venture out deeper into the Little India Arcade where you can lose yourself in the various 20th-century shops that have for sale various wares from clothes, accessories, and food. This venue is a major attraction for tourists who find themselves mesmerized by the seemingly never-ending passageways that exist in the arcade.

Take the time to dive into history!

One of the best things about visiting a new location when travelling is learning about the background and cultural context of the site. This allows people to weave a deeper narrative of their connection to this location while also walking away with a more intimate understanding of the beauty and struggles that surround it.

When you venture down Serangoon Road you will find on display some of the oldest Hindu temples in Singapore. These temples are a brilliant representation of some of the most unique and exquisite architectural styles found on religious sites. The Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, for example, formed the backbone of the development in this region in the early 20th century. Such sites provide all travellers with a form of solace and safety when they are entering a new country for the first time in their lives.

If you are staying at a hotel in Farrer Park such as the Park Hotel Farrer Park you will be a quick 10-minute walk away from this cultural landmark of Singapore!

Don't forget the local dining spots

No visit is complete without being exposed to the local cuisine. In this case, you are going to be able to dive into some hyper-specialised and popular places such as The Banana Leaf Apolo. They offer North and South Indian cuisines that have sustained the citizen of the district with their delicious fish head curry and many other dishes.

There is no better way to understand a culture than through their food. Whether they stray away from certain meats or lean towards using a combination of dazzling spices, the vibrancy and history of a culture is revealed.

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