One of my favorite neighbourhoods in Singapore is a district that many refer to as Arab Street. It is unclear whether this is the official district name, or if it is just a popular name given due to its characteristics, but what seems to be more consensual is that the area belongs to a wider historical district called Kampong Glam. This place, also refered to as the Muslim Quarter, hosts one of the most iconic buildings in Singapore, the Sultan Mosque, and is an important destination for Singaporean Muslims during the Ramadan period.
And because the Hari Raya Puasa is approaching – that’s how the Malays refer to Eid, the end of Ramadan and fasting – I decided to go back there, again, and take some shots.
Arab Street is more than just a Muslim quarter or a historical site, its tradition and contemporaneity packed in a beautiful, well-preserved neighborhood, right in the heart of Singapore. The whole area is not too big, you should be able to cover it within a couple of hours, maybe less, in time to catch an early dinner at one of the trendy eateries. You could however spend more time there if you allow yourself to absorb the detail – Haji Lane is a good example. A tiny road with huge character, a lane in the Muslim quarter with an unexpected vibe and livelihood.
If photography is your thing, and you want to know a little bit more about the history of the camera, there’s a vintage camera museum to the north of Arab Street – corner of Jln Kledek and Victoria Street – the Vintage Camera Museum. The museum opened very recently. It´s a “documentary on the evolution of cameras and its journey “, a cool place worth the ten dollars that they charge for the tour, but if you don’t have the time or the interest in the subject or even the money to spend at least go to checkout the exterior of the museum. The house itself is built in the shape of a camera and the entry of the museum is made through a passage depicting a lens!
Hari Raya and the Arab St.
Fujinon 35mm F2