Explore Singapore's old Arab and Malay Quarter through the street art found on its walls, old and new. Follow the art and discover something new about this popular cultural spot. You may not associate Singapore with graffiti and street art, but I'll show you where to find some stellar works by both local and international street artists in this area.
Aliwal Arts Centre, Sultan Arts Village, Haji Lane
- Take the train to Bugis Station via the green East-West line (EW12) or the dark blue DownTown line (DT14).
- Take Exit C up to Level 1.
- There is a taxi stand in front of you, and a busy pedestrian crossing just beyond it.
- You can see the Bugis Village sign above a large advertising TV screen. Cross the road towards it. This is your starting point.
- Take bus numbers 7, 12, 63, 80, 175, 196, 851, 960, 980 and alight at bus stop 01112 (opposite Bugis Junction) which should drop you right at the starting point.
Places to stop along the way:
- Bugis Junction is a shopping mall with all your essentials
- Bugis Village has abundant cheap shopping for youngsters
- Aliwal Arts Centre for arts performance and some FnB
- Sultan Arts Village for the graffiti shop BlackBook
- Alaturka along Bussorah Street is my favourite Middle Eastern restaurant in the area
- Cloth merchants along Arab Street
- Indie retail shops for the hipsters along Haji Lane
Best time of day:
Day time is best to fully appreciate these artworks. In the morning, before 12pm, it tends to be less crowded, as the shops along the route are usually open from 12pm to 8pm.
You will be outdoors, so be prepared for the blazing sunshine or sudden downpour, both typical traits of Singapore's hot and wet climate. I suggest a hat, sunglasses and an umbrella. There is a fair bit of walking as well, so wear comfortable shoes and stay hydrated.
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