History of Arab Street

Topics: Color, Storey, Kampong Glam Pages: 6 (531 words) Published: August 24, 2013
AROUND SULTAN MOSQUE AND BUSSORAH 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
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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 built 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
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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
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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
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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
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Those on the right side
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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
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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
1. 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

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