History of Arab Street

By Ong Jun Bao Kampong Glam in 1820s Kampong Glam got its name from the commonly found Gelam tree in the past. Raffles’ Town Plan in 1822 Sir Standard Raffles Raffles’ Town Plan in 1822 Raffles’ Town Plan in 1822 Kampong Glam Kampong Glam Kampong Glam was allocated to ? ? Sultan and his household Malay and Arab Communities, many of whom were merchants Streets around Kampong Glam Sultan Mosque Sultan Mosque ? ? ? Considered the most important mosque in Singapore Original one was build in 1826 by Sultan Hussain Shah, the first sultan of Singapore Current one was uilt in 1928 funded by donations from the Muslim community Interesting Facts about Sultan Mosque ? The base of the dome was formed by glass bottles that the Sultan had collected as donations from poor Muslims Interesting Facts about Sultan Mosque ? The mosque is orientated at an angle facing Mecca Exterior of Sultan Mosque ? ? ? Golden onion dome Exterior is cream in colour The other colours used are green and brown Interior of Sultan Mosque – Entrance ? Signboard to remind visitors to remove their shoes and etiquette to observe

Interior of Sultan Mosque – Outside the Main prayer hall ? ? There is a counter and a donation box outside the main prayer hall Non-Muslims are not permitted entry into the prayer hall but tourists can view it from the various entrances Interior of Sultan Mosque – Main prayer hall ? ? ? ? ? ? 2 storey high Illuminated by antique chandeliers Walls are green in colour Floors are covered with red and cream coloured carpets No furniture, no figurines Can house up to 5000 people Bussorah Street Sultan Mosque Bussorah Street ? ?

Main street leading to Sultan Mosque Many shophouses along Bussorah Street Shop houses along Bussorah Street ? Can you tell the differences between the shophouses on the two sides? Shophouses along Bussorah Street ? Those on the left side ? Built ? Those on the right side ? Built later (19001940) ? More elaborate design with Western influences earlier (18401900) and during less wealthy times ? Much simpler design Shophouses along Bussorah Street ? ? Mix of Arabic and Malay styles with some Western influences Usually have a simple pastel hue base colour

Shophouses along Bussorah Street ? Roofs covered with red coloured clay tiles Shophouses along Bussorah Street ? Windows on the upper storeys are generally full height with fanlights above them and timber louvered shutters that swing outwards Shophouses along Bussorah Street ? ? Windows on the ground floors are only half height Five foot ways (kaki lima) outside shophouses so that the overhanging upper floors can provide shelter for pedestrians from the sun and rain Children Little Museum Children Little Miuseum Children Little Museum Traditional Games Traditional Games . Batu seremban (five stones) 3. Chapteh (shuttlecock) 2. Congkak 4. Gasing (top) Traditional Games 5. Goli (marble) 7. Paper ball 6. Kuti kuti 8. Pick-up stick Traditional Games 9. Sepak takraw (rattan ball) 10. Balloon Common Items sold in the shops around Bussorah Street ? Traditional Malay clothes and fabrics Common Items sold in the shops around Bussorah Street ? Shawls, scarves, kebaya Common Items sold in the shops around Bussorah Street ? Souvenirs, accessories, perfumes Common Items sold in the shops around Bussorah Street ? Arabian and Muslim cuisines Thank You

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