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Our Collection in the Civic & Cultural District stretches across North Bridge Road, where you can find much of Singapore’s historic landmarks. 

Civic & Cultural District

 

There’s more than meets the eye to this eccentric neighbourhood. Here’s where the Arts and Heritage coexist seamlessly. Let us take you on an extraordinary journey!

The upper end of North Bridge Road is commonly referred to as Kampong Glam. Kampong means ‘village’ while glam refers to ‘gelam’, the name of cajeput trees that once populated the area. It is located in close proximity to the greater area of Bugis. In the 1980s, the area remained clustered with shophouses, parting ways for a few sporadic skyscrapers dominating the skyline.

, Discover the unexpected just round the corner
This was what it looked like in the past
, Discover the unexpected just round the corner
Today, Kampong Glam is popular for its murals and eclectic stores

Within Kampong Glam, lies Arab Street which serves as one of the main thoroughfares for the eclectic and rejuvenated Kampong Glam. It used to house many entrepreneurs with wooden shacks peddling their wares to passing pedestrians. Now, many people consider the Malay conservation district to be the most vibrant among its peers, for it has successfully found a delicate balance between its youthful vibrancy – through its artistic diversity – and its historical heritage. 

Those that are looking to spruce up their Instagram feed or soak in the artistry of the district can find plenty of inspiration in the whimsical backstreets of Kampong Glam. Through the efforts of Gelam Gallery and One Kampong Gelam, artists and students have been commissioned and given space to allow their artistic talent to flourish.

As you head further down on North Bridge Road, you’ll step into the Bras Basah precinct –  home to a number of temples, museums, artistic practices, shopping districts and dining establishments. You can be sure of surprises on every corner! In the 1970s, congregations of book lovers used to frequent the bookstores that were distributed along Bras Basah and North Bridge Road. With the completion of Bras Basah complex in 1979, the bookstores are now consolidated in the single mixed-use development.

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Authentic Hainanese Chicken Rice? Let’s go!

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, Explore more about the Buddhist culture in this temple
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Explore more about the Buddhist culture in this temple

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, Seek the greatest treasures of the old within the new
Business District

Seek the greatest treasures of the old within the new

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, Learn a little bit more about our Peranakan friends
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Learn a little bit more about our Peranakan friends

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, Get your hands on a range of fresh baked treats like no other
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Get your hands on a range of fresh baked treats like no other

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, Pretty in pink, deep in history and rich in culture
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Pretty in pink, deep in history and rich in culture

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, Locate all the enchanting gems in hidden spots
Chinatown

Locate all the enchanting gems in hidden spots

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, Be embraced by the familiar sweet, musky smell of books
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Be embraced by the familiar sweet, musky smell of books

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, Ever wondered what those colourful windows are?
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Ever wondered what those colourful windows are?

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, Step into Singapore’s oldest Hindu Temple!
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Step into Singapore’s oldest Hindu Temple!

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, Explore different walks of life along the river bend
The Quays

Explore different walks of life along the river bend

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, The new tallest building in Singapore!
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The new tallest building in Singapore!

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, Did you know that there is a hidden #ootd spot here?
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Did you know that there is a hidden #ootd spot here?

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, Get your quick fix at Tong Heng Egg Tarts
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Get your quick fix at Tong Heng Egg Tarts

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Pure Pandan Chinatown’s chiffon cakes are not to be missed!

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, Feast on hawker food like never before at Lau Pa Sat
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Feast on hawker food like never before at Lau Pa Sat

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Home of the city’s Arts scene and largest annual arts festival

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Hipster hawker foods are real! Come to Amoy.

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, Be a “Crazy Rich Asian” for a day at CHIJMES
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Be a “Crazy Rich Asian” for a day at CHIJMES

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, Venture into the fictional world and let yourself be lost
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Venture into the fictional world and let yourself be lost

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, Hop on and cruise down the Singapore river!
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Hop on and cruise down the Singapore river!

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, Yip Yew Chong’s Heritage Mural Trail
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Yip Yew Chong’s Heritage Mural Trail

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, What’s that gleaming in the distance? It’s Masjid Sultan!
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What’s that gleaming in the distance? It’s Masjid Sultan!

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, Ignite your taste buds at Maxwell Food Centre
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Ignite your taste buds at Maxwell Food Centre

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, Thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies – this is for you!
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Thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies – this is for you!

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, Shop, drop and roll at Chinatown Street Market
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Shop, drop and roll at Chinatown Street Market

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, Calling all aspiring Van Goghs and book lovers
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Calling all aspiring Van Goghs and book lovers

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, There are living galleries in Kampong Glam!
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There are living galleries in Kampong Glam!

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, Discover the origins of Singapore’s melting pot
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Discover the origins of Singapore’s melting pot

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, Complete your retail therapy at Chinatown Point
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Complete your retail therapy at Chinatown Point

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, Catch the glamour of theatres past here at the Capitol Theatre
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Catch the glamour of theatres past here at the Capitol Theatre

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, Want a convenient access to a great rooftop bar? Look here!
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Want a convenient access to a great rooftop bar? Look here!

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, Tallest public residential building in Singapore!
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Tallest public residential building in Singapore!

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, Step inside Singapore’s largest street market
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Step inside Singapore’s largest street market

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, Cool off and get your dopamine fix
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Cool off and get your dopamine fix

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, It’s a small world of musical boxes
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It’s a small world of musical boxes

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Indulge in some juicy tacos and escape to Mexico

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, Level up your food adventures at Holey Moley Golf Club!
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Level up your food adventures at Holey Moley Golf Club!

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, Rickshaws used to roam our streets
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Rickshaws used to roam our streets

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