Kampong Glam is Singapore's Malay-Arab Quarter. It derived its name from the gelam tree, which used to proliferate this area. The tree species is a relative of the eucalyptus.

Today, Singapore's Malays continue to converge at Kampong Glam because Singapore's largest mosque, the Sultan's Mosque, is located here.

The Sultan's Mosque has a fascinating history. It was rebuilt in 1928 after a major fund-raising project. Many of the poorer folks who donated to the building apparently raised funds from collecting and selling used bottles. If you visit the mosque today, you'll see its main dome sitting on a black rimmed structure made up entirely of glass bottles. It's not difficult to explain why they are there.

The main street leading to the mosque is Bussorah Street. Here, visitors get to marvel at quaint, refurbished shophouses from the colonial era. Snag a piece of 'old Singapore' souvenir here. Or have a teh tarik (frothy milk tea) at one of the eateries lining the streets.  In this area are several interesting places - Arab Street, Haji Lane, The Malay Heritage Centre, Kampong Glam Cafe.

 

Here are the Tripadvisor Reviews of the Kampong Glam area -  

 http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attract...

 

Here are the Tripadvisor Reviews and details of The Malay Heritage Centre -

 http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attract...

 

Haji Lane makes an interesting detour. You will find small, trendy shops and boutiques in this narrow lane -

 http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attract...

 

The link below is to the Heritage Boards Kampong Glam Walking Trail -

 http://www.nhb.gov.sg/~/media/nhb/fil...

 

National Heritage Board - Overview of the area 

 http://www.nhb.gov.sg/places/trails/k...