Shopping in Singapore (Day 3) : Bugis Street, Chinatown and Little India
List of tourist attraction visited today :
- Orchad Road
- Bugis Street
- China Town
- Little India
After played for whole day at Universal Studio Singapore yesterday, we spent our third day by window shopping at several shopping street in Singapore. In South East Asia, Singapore is well known as Paradise for Shopaholic. In Singapore there are a several famous places known as shopping paradise, which are Bugis Street, Orchad Road, China Town and Little India. Each place has different characteristic. If you want to buy branded product, i suggest you to go to Orchad Road. If you looked for mixed product you can go to Bugis Street. China Town is an area where you can find a lot of unique and antique items. Feeling a little tired having played all day at the USS Singapore, we got out from our hotel about 10:30 in the morning. Our first destination was Bugis Street. From Bencoleen Street, we only need walk about 5 minutes to arrive at Bugis Street.
Uncle Ice Cream
Before we go to Bugis Street, we passed through the Albert Street. This street is a pedestrian street where there are a lot of stand that selling goods. In the center of that place, there is an old man who selling ice cream. This man is well known as Uncle Ice Cream. The man usually is a middle age man. The price of the ice cream is very cheap. It’s only SGD $1. There are many Uncle Ice Cream you can found at Singapore. Beside Albert Street, you can also found Uncle Ice Cream at Orchad Road, China Town, etc.
Singapore Tourist Promotion Board frequently promote this place as “the largest street-shopping location in Singapore“. Actually this place is not as big as it said. This place is more like a large traditional market that sell a lot of things, from t-shirt, sweater, hat, accessories, souvenirs, etc. There a lot of kiosks counter inside the market. Bugis Street is one of place where Singaporeans usually shop.
Outside the Bugis Street, you will find Bugis Junction. This place also sell a lot of goods. You can also find Bugis MRT Station here. This place is covered with a roof, so you can shopping in any weather. In the basement you will find a lot cheap to mid range eateries.
After walk arround Bugis Street and Bugis Junction, we also have a lunch there. After that, we go arround Bencoolen Street and go back to the hotel for a rest. At about 5 o’clock we continue our trip to China Town. We go to Brash Basah MRT Station and go to Chinatown. From Brash Basah to Chinatown, we need to change line from Circle Line to North East Line (For more information about MRT Map click here).
When we exit the Chinatown MRT Station, we arrive at People Park Complex. People Park Complex is a small mall that has numerous shops selling electronics, clothing, clocks, Chinese medicine and jewelery. You can find many massage parlours and travel agents here. Here is where the cheap apartment (It’s only SGD $12 per night) i stay in my first Singapore Trip belong. We buy some snack and go arround People Park Complex for a while. After that we across the street to Pagoda Street. Pagoda Street is a pedestrian street that sell a lot of antique and oriental product. This is well known as Chinatown of Singapore and become one of popular tourist attractions in Singapore.
After spending enough time in Chinatown, we continued our journey to Little India.
Little India is an ethnic neighbourhood found in Singapore. Little India lies to east of the Singapore River, across from Chinatown, located west of the river, and north of Kampong Glam. Little is totally different with other area in Singapore. It feels like you aren’t at Singapore anymore. The shop and the house is architecture is a little bit different. And almost all people here is India people. I enjoyed take a walk and looking around in this place for about half hour.
We then go to Mustafa Centre that was also in Little India. Mustafa Centre is a 24 hours shopping centre that sell a lot of products, from electronics, jewerly and many others. We finally go back to our hotel around 10 o’clock.