Suntec City to Little India

After lunch we walked back across the sky bridge into the Suntec City Mall. It was Saturday afternoon, and apparently a common thing to do in the most densely populated country on earth is engaging in a competition to see how much of that population can be crammed into shopping malls. Remember it lies 1° north of the Equator, so high temperatures are the norm. Large air-conditioned gathering places are in great demand. Apparently , there was a major event being held in the Convention Center, and every restaurant now had lines of waiting diners stretching out the door and down the hall for hundreds of feet. And, don’t forget the tens of thousands of shoppers filling every nook and cranny of the place. Claustrophobia anyone? We actually watched as an “Up” escalator taking passengers between the main and second levels of the mall added so much weight that the motor overheated and the moving staircases stopped dead under the never-ending weight of humanity, once while we were on it. Not to be deterred, we all began walking up to the 2nd floor as one densely packed group.

We quickly made our way to the bus area outside the north side of the mall. Waiting for us there was a City Sightseeing Red Line Bus. We saw so much on this tour that we have split it up into two posts, the first featuring Little India, and the second Chinatown. We left Suntec City at 4:23 pm.

City Link, 1 Raffles Link, #B1-16, Singapore 039393, sits across Raffles Blvd. from Suntec City, and sits next to Marina Square Mall.

Marina Square Mall, with the Marina Mandarin Hotel rising above it.

Parking is in high demand in Singapore. Available parking space in the central area is posted on the electronic sign.

Suntec City’s Towers Three and Four soar high above us.

The Fountain of Wealth, with Towers Three and Four behind.

Raffles Hospital tower, 585 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188770.

A view toward the Bugis Street (pronounced “Boogie Street”) shopping area. The Bugis or Buginese people hail originally from the Indonesian province of South Sulawesi. From the 1950s to the 1980s, Bugis Street was an internationally known night time gathering place for transvestites and transsexuals.

The Sim Lim Tower, a quite colorful commercial building at 10 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208787.

Exotic signage on the facade next to the entrance to the Fu Lu Shou Complex at 149 Rochor Road, Singapore 188425, in the Bugis district. It was opened in 1983. Many Singapore malls appeal to specific markets, and this one is no exception, offering lucky stones and gems, ceramic religious icons, incense, etc.

We drove down Sochor Road which becomes Rochor Canal Road. The Rochor River has been bridged over for several blocks, allowing space for a grassy boulevard-like park between Rochor Canal Road and Sungei Road. When we reached Selegie Road, we saw beautiful statues with an Indian motif, marking the entrance to Little India. We turned right and entered Little India, where Selegie turns into Serangoon Road.

Giant peacocks and what appear to be fire breathing geese flank the entrance from Selegie Road into Singapore’s Little India. The Rochor River flows unseen beneath the grassy median parkway.

Welcoming peacocks and geese on the northwest side of Selegie Road

Matching statues on southeast side of Selegie Road.

The Little India Arcade on Serangoon Road.

Serangoon Road street scene. Hmm…what did I bring that I could have gold plated?

View down sidestreet from Serangoon Road.

Shops along Serangoon Road.

View of the 2nd story of shops along Serangoon Road.

Shops along Serangoon Road.

More shops on Serangoon Road.

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali, fierce embodiment of Shakti (the primordial cosmic energy) and wife of the god Shiva, and one of many manifestations of the mother goddess, Parvati.

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is built in the style of the South Indian Tamil temples common in Tamil Nadu.

A tour bus appears to veer down the side of a building with the PARKROYAL Hotel on Kitchner rising up behind.

A Tandoori restaurant on Kitchner Road in Little India.

A Little India Kitchner Road street scene.

The AQUEEN Hotel on Jalan Besar and Kitchner Road.

This is Mun Chee Kee restaurant on Jalan Besar and Sam Leong Road. Their specialty is King of Pig’s Organ Soup.

A row of businesses on Jalan Besar between Rowell Road and Hindoo Road.

Beancurd City restaurant at 133 Jalan Besar, has a 4.5 of 5 rating on TripAdvisor.

Heng Moh Seng, 117 Jalan Besar, sells Buddhist religious goods.

Mural on the side of the Piedra Negra Restaurant (reportedly has the best guacamole in town) at the northwest intersection of Ophir Road and Beach Road. It sits between Ophir Road and the hip and trendy Haji Lane.

The front end of the mural and the front of Piedra Negra Mexican Restaurant, with the entrance to Haji Lane marked by a street sign.

City Gate is a high rise condominium project offering 99 year leasehold units.

Street view on North Bridge Road at Jalan Kledek.

The Sultan Mosque seen from North Bridge Road. The address of the Mosque is 18 Kandahar St, Singapore 198884, on a side street to the left

A dome and minaret of the Sultan Mosque.

Shops on North Bridge Road.

Skyscrapers seen from North Bridge Road.

Tall buildings with unique designs.

The National Library of Singapore.

Tropical foliage juxtaposed with modern buildings behind.

Jubilee Hall at the Raffles Hotel.

Our bus tour has taken us back to the Central Core, about a block from our hotel. However we are not stopping, but driving southwest toward Chinatown. We’ll cover that in the next post.

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