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“Geylang Serai Night Bazaar”
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Geylang Serai
Ranked #181 of 906 things to do in Singapore
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Owner description: Located in the eastern part of the island, Geylang is today a thriving residential, commercial and cultural district that is full of life and vitality with great food, great bargains and great sights.
Reviewed 7 July 2016

The annual Hari Raya bazaar that has been held in Geylang Serai during the month of Ramadan since the 1970s.

The bazaar in Geylang Serai remains a crowd magnet even though there are at least five other Hari Raya markets around Singapore in places such as in Kampong Glam and Woodlands.

Traditionally, during the holy month of Ramadan, the Night Bazaar was set up to sell food to Muslims after they had break fast for the day as most Muslims families would have just concluded the day's fasting at the nearby mosque. The bazaar offered home cooked, quick and affordable meals to the families.

As Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the bazaar starts buzzing only from 6pm. Fasting involves abstaining from consuming food and water, as well as observing additional religious obligations.

Nowadays, the night bazaar has evolved to include the cultural and ethnic influences of the other races in Singapore. Today's night bazaar has more shops selling and displaying colorful festive clothing, home decorations, flowers, festive motifs of the season.

However, the food stalls are still the main draws in today's night bazaar. And how the food offered for sale has evolved with the time. While most food stalls offer the bazaar staple of ethnic Malay food, such as the nasi padang (mixed rice, beef rendang, curries, vegetables) and Malay cakes and snacks. The local Muslim burgers such as Ramly and kebabs are increasely ever popular.

However, more recently, with the global influences, a more modern twists to the various new food are sprouting up. Such as the raindow bagels, rainbow colored pudding drinks, healthier salmon burgers, home made ice creams, new age deserts that have a Japanese twist, etc. These new food, are setup by enterprising stall operators, to cater for the Muslim crowds.

And the night bazaar attracts the other races in Singapore who just love great food.

If you do go to the night bazaar, be prepared for large crowds and long queues.

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Reviewed 29 June 2016

I was invited to go to Geylang Bazaar with a friend who lives in Singapore. It was amazing, block after block of busy food stations, shopping and beautiful street lights. So much food to choose from it was hard to decide. Must try the spicy yogurt.

Thank Jonea M
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Reviewed 25 June 2016

Geylang is a red light district in SG but you can just visit the place for sightseeing as it boasts colonial architecture. If you love history and architecture, you would love Geylang. You can google Geylang Adventures so that you can book a day trip around the area. You will learn a lot and you'll be much safer!

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Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

During fasting month..u got to visit geylang serai...street lighted up at night n lots to shop n eat..

U start visit from the market especially the 2nd floor where all the malay food are... must try are Biryani express.. nasi padang. .kueh kueh. Next u can flow down the street line with hari raya shopping..also lots of goodies too...

Ask around n u know what is yummy or see the stall with longest queue. . U cannot be wrong. .

Thank Angie T
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Reviewed 17 June 2016

Ramadan observances by Muslims in Singapore covers the period from 6/June/2016 to 5/July/2016 Hari Raya Puasa falls on 6/July/2016, which is a national Public Holiday in Singapore.

The Bazaars that dots the Geylang Serai area boasts food, drinks, fashion apparels, fashion accessories, festive decorations, colorful blinking light sets, carpets, arts and crafts, toys, baking ingredients, cooking needs and much much more.

The Bazaars consist of individual stalls offering their wares, and indeed, services. House renovation consultant businesses are also present this year! Operated and manned by people of various creed, race, culture, age-group, gender for a multi-racial, mixed creed crowd of window shoppers and customers alike - the experience is loud, colourful, sometimes bewildering, oftentimes distracting, mostly crowded ... but always 'shiok',

This Bazaar Jam or Singapore's is truly its Ramadan Gem.

To top it up, there are the regular eateries and shops, including those at Joo Chiat Complex, Tanjong Katong Complex, City Plaza Shopping Mall, which addresses the Malay, Muslim market - that add to the vibrant and celebratory vibes.

Do join in the fun. Pick up some Hari Raya goodies - cookies, crackers, snacks.

This do happens only once a year. But it is truly a happening....one not to be missed.

2  Thank Pat C
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