Kampong Glam is the historic Malay settlement of Singapore. In the early 19th century, Singapore was part of the Johor Sultanate, headed by Hussain Mohammed Shah. The Sultan signed a treaty with Sir Stamford Raffles of the British East India Company to set up a trading post in Singapore, handing over control of the island in the process. Raffles went on to allocate areas of Singapore to the existing ethnic groups: Malay, Chinese, Indian and British, giving the Sultan, Malays and Arabs the area known as Kampong Glam. A mosque was also built in the neighborhood, Sultan’s Mosque.
Now the neighborhood is a heritage district, boasting a pedestrian mall and Malay Heritage Centre. You can purchase textiles and rugs in this neighborhood in addition to learning about the Malay community that still has ties to this neighborhood. There are plenty of places to eat and the area is a popular nightlife spot.
This post is part of the a-z challenge. My theme is sights and food of Singapore.