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The Best of Singapore’s Culture in 1 day [2024]

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  • helpful information about Singapore
  • Accomodation recommendation
  • Chinese, Malay and Indian culture
  • historical buildings
  • food and beverage choices

1 day Singapore itinerary for a blended cultural experience

Things you should know before you explore Singapore

Weather

Although the weather in Singapore is always hot and humid, rain can also be unpredictable. The tropical showers can come fast and furious but be gone as quick as they arrive. Please note – always bring an umbrella and fan, two fundamental essentials.

Transport to explore Singapore’s Culture

Grab/Cab 

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MRT

Fast, reliable and affordable, and more importantly, it has air conditioning.

Buses 

Buses are frequent, and it is an excellent way to see the city, they also have airconditioning but can sometimes be crowded during rush hour.

Airconditioning

Always bring along something to protect you from the force of the airconditioning; this is because there is only one temperature setting here – freezing.

Singapore

Things to remember before exploring Singapore’s Culture –

Remember to bring an umbrella, as you never know when that tropical rainstorm may hit. Also bring along a bottle of water, as it can get hot, especially if you decide the entire route yourself.

Lastly, bring along something light as temperatures can drop on public transport and some air-conditioned restaurants and shopping malls.

Visa

Insurance

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Accommodation for exploring Singapore’s Culture

budget

The Bohemian 

This hostel is in an excellent location to begin your day. There is a free shuttle bus from the airport, and the staff are fluent in both English and Chinese. This hostel has dorm-style accommodation only but does have excellent onsite facilities.

Splurge

Singapore Marriott Tang Hotel

Centrally located on the infamous Orchard Rd, not only known for its plethora of shopping choices, but it is an excellent place for food and beverages as well.

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Singapore Guide

Morning

Chinatown

Start the morning at Sri Mariamman Temple (Corner of South Bridge Rd and Pagoda St), just at the beginning of Chinatown. This temple is open daily from 7 am to 12 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm. 

Special note: If you are worried about time, then hop on the Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam tour

Morning continued

Chinatown Street Market

Special Note: If you want to know more about Singapore’s street food culture then a guided tour of Michelin an hawker food tour would be a perfect choice here.

Chinatown Singapore

Lunch Time – afternoon

Little India

Special Note: If you want to do something a little different then you can Rent Indian Ethnic wear and roam Little India!

The former House of Tang Teng Niah

The former House of Tang Teng Niah is a short distance from the MRT and a great photo location. You can choose to eat here (not very expensive). However the food is okay, nothing that I would suggest is a must-do! If you want to try a little Indian, there are many places along the way that are more affordable and are of equal standard.

Address: 37 Kerbau Rd; it is open to all hours (possibly even 24 hours), so you can come back anytime if you wish to.

Special Note: If you want to save time, join the Little India Walking tour:

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

 There are many temples in Little India and around Singapore. However, this is by far the prettiest and more vibrant of them all. Although the entrance is free of charge, you will need to enter without shoes and ensure you are dressed respectfully (if you brought a cardigan then this will come in handy here).

Address: The temple is a short distance away at 141 Serangoon Rd

Opening hours :8 am to 1230pm and 2 pm to 830pm and is a perfect example of Singapore’s Culture

Mustafa Center 

Address: 145 Syed Alwi Rd,

Opening hours: Mustafa Center is open 24 hours so that you can come back anytime.

Mustafa centre little india

Afternoon – Evening

Kampong Glam

Getting there– Public transport between these two locations is a little bit difficult and in fact, would probably take the same amount of time if you walked. If the heat is too much, then I would recommend hiring a grab car or taxi. Otherwise, the walk will take approximately 15 minutes door to door.

Special note: If you would like to join the Kampong Glam Walking tour to save time, I highly recommend it.

Malay Heritage Center

Sultan Mosque

The opening hours are Monday to Thursday 10 am– 12 pm, 2– 4 pm, Friday 2.30– 4 pm, Saturday 10 am– 12 pm, 2– 4pm and Closed on Sunday and Public Holidays. If you wish for a guided tour, then contact [email protected] to set this up.

Special Note: Remember to dress appropriately and only enter from the main entrance, check the official website here, for more details.

Arab Street 

Arab street will dazzle you, with its array of shop fronts that will transform you back to the middle east and is a showcase of Singapore culture. Whether you are looking for clothes, jewellery or even carpets, there is something here for everyone.

Haiji Lane 

walking along Arab Street

Restaurants and Bars

Hawker Chan

El Cubanos

El Cubanos

Meatsmith Little India

sitting in front of Meatsmith little india

Bar Stories

bar stories

Thanks for taking the time to read this article. I hope this post has given you the information you need. If you have any recommendations, tips or advice, I would love for you to share them in the comment section below!

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  • Paula Barreca Barnes

    So 17 years ago, my husband and I set off with our little family in tow, embarking on a short-term assignment in Taiwan. Although without any knowledge of expat life or the Taiwanese culture, we took the chance and decided this would be an exciting little adventure; little did we know it changed the direction of our lives forever.

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  1. Singapore has it’s very rich and famous culture. The dresses, the way of living, art and artifacts. Thanks for sharing this valuable information, subscribed your blog for more blgo news.

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