Glam Up Kampong Glam
Glam Up Kampong Glam gives you an insight behind Singapore’s hippest area; Kampong Glam. As you can tell from the photographs, a once typical tourist hangout with a wide variety of budget souvenirs has now developed into one of Singapore’s unique hangout spots. Now, you will see upscale boutique hotels, fashion joints and the coziest cafes. Street names like Haji, Arab, Kandahar, Bussorah, Muscat, Baghdad and Klapa are now synonyms with the hip and cool.
Kampong Glam has transformed itself over the years and we can expect more quirky designer outlets gracing this area in future. For years, Kampong Glam is known for selling affordable Malay food, carpets, rattan furniture and textile along Arab St. With the rapid new development in Singapore in recent years, more businesses have slowly ventured out from mainstream Orchard Road and caught Kampong Glam in their wave.
In 2004, a boost came when retailers worked with the Singapore Tourism Board to organise an Arab Heritage Week . In 2005, the 2nd Comme des Garcons Guerilla Store opened in Haji Lane. Soon after, the narrow and abandoned street of Haji Lane, which used to be storage space for many textile merchants, becomes one of the most crowded place in Singapore.
The Malay Heritage Centre has been restored extensively and reopened in September 2012. This is a sign of many great things to come to this beloved heritage area. You will now find hip noisy cafes from one end of Bali Lane to upscale restaurants and designer hotel along Jalan Sultan. In 2012, it has also attracted cafes such as Maison Ikkoku and independent boutiques such as Hide & Seek and Actually+. The lastest addition to glam up Kampong Glam is Hotel Clover on North Bridge Road. Their second hotel is opening in mid 2013 at Jalan Sultan.
Text & Images by: Paul Khor
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