Little Indian Walking Tour - Route 2

Start Route 2 at Kampong Kapor Methodist Church
Head to Kampong Kapor Methodist Church on Kampong Kapor Road. Catering to a largely Peranakan (Straits-born Chinese) congregation that resided in the area around 1890, this church was first built in 1929 in the Art Deco style of the time. It was rebuilt in 1989, and restored as recently as 2000. Step inside and you’ll enjoy a few minutes’ respite from the hustle and bustle of its surrounds.

Later, soak in more sights and sounds, and revel in the atmosphere of Little India’s labyrinth of side streets, taking either Norris, Hindoo, Baboo or Rowerll Roads to reach Angullia Mosque along Serangoon Road.

Angullia Mosque
A place of worship for Indian Muslims. Angullia Mosque employs less ornate architecture than the Abdull Gafoor Mosque on Route 1. It was built in 1898 on land owned by the wealthy Angullias, a family of Gujurati traders. Today, they are still custodians of the mosque. You’re more than welcome to visit, but please respect the practice of removing your shoes.

Desker Road
Your next stop offers you a look at something a little less innocent, Desker Road. This place is notorious for its raunchy nighttime activities. Visit during the day, and you might find it relatively sleepy, except for some traditional businesses operating from prime examples of late shophouses styles, including No. 72 and 74. Right next door, No. 76 to 82 showcases a more ornate style.

Mustafa Centre 
For a complete change of scenery, drop by Mustafa Centre. Housed in a more modern building, it’s truly a shopper’s paradise, with floor upon floor of endless merchandise, very reasonably priced and opened 24 hours! The selection is mind-boggling. You’ll definitely find whatever you need here.

If you need a break after all that shopping, drop into Raj Restaurant at No. 76 Syed Alwi Road. Treat your tastebuds to great North or South Indian cuisine.

Petain Road
Head to Petain Road for some fine examples of late shophouse styles at No. 10 to 44.

Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple
Further away, the Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple which is frequented largely by South Indians, is dedicated to the deity Kaliamman, the protective motherly spirit from the north who is as pure as fire. The main temple shrine is devoted to Goddess Kali the Destroyer, whose image in bold, rich colours adorns the façade. Reputedly, the island’s best vimana or domed structures housing deities are found right here.

Leong San Buddhist Temple
 This temple is also popularly known as Dragon Mountain Temple. Take a look at its roof and you’ll see why - clay dragon sculptures adorn its roofs. Originally established as a humble lodge for treating the sick, donations from a local philanthropist soon turned it into an elaborate temple, with a statue of Confucius sitting regally within.

Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple
Steps away is the Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple. From a humble zinc and wood shelter housing a statue of Buddha grew this magnificent present-day edifice. A 300 ton, 15-metre tall statue of Buddha sits in the main hall, surrounded by hundreds of lights, leading it to be called the ‘Temple of 1,000 Lights’. Visit any time between 8am and 4.45pm daily, but don’t forget to remove your shoes before entering.

Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple
Look for this temple along Serangoon Road. The temple is dedicated to Lord Perumal, the Preserver of the Universe and god of mercy and goodness. Built as a simple shrine in 1855, its growing number of devotees led to the construction of its present elaborate design in the 1960’s. The gopuram or entrance, depicting stories of Vishnu, was added later in 1975. From this temple, devotees begin their 3km-long Thaipusam procession every January or February.

Your walking expedition for route 2 has ended.

Written by:
Editorial Team