Faces of
Malaysia
Kuantan

Kuantan is the largest city of the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia with a population of about half a million. It is also the capital of the state of Pahang.

Kuantan is located about halfway between Singapore (to the south) and Kota Bahru (to the north). The city is situated at the coast of the South China Sea near the mouth of the Kuantan River. The city is not a major tourist destination, rather a stopover point for island destinations (Tioman, Redang, Perhentians, etc.) along the East Coast. From Kuantan you can also also reach the popular beach in Cherating in less than an hour with the local Bus.

Kuching

Kuching is the capital of the East Malaysian state of Sarawak on Borneo. Kuching is the most populous city in the state of Sarawak and the fourth largest city in Malaysia. Kuching means “cat” in Malay.

Singapore, Malaysia

Kampong Glam / Arab Street

address: area between Beach Road, Jalan Sultan, Victoria Street and Ophir Road
Sultan-Mosque-Kampong-Glam-Singapore-restaurants.jpg, Kampong Glam is a heritage neighbourhood in Singapore with many beautifully refurbished shophouses and the Sultan Mosque as it's landmark. The area around Arab Street host many middle eastern restaurants, textile and fabric shops.
Bussorah Street leading up to Masjid Sultan
Kampong Glam is a heritage neighbourhood in Singapore with many beautifully refurbished shophouses and the Sultan Mosque as it's landmark. The area around Arab Street host many middle eastern restaurants, textile and fabric shops.

Getting There
by MRT
The nearest MRT station is Bugis (EW12, East West Line), which is 5min walk from Arab Street
by foot
The Kampong Glam area can by reached within 5-10min from the Golden Mile Complex or 10-15min walk from Little India.

Historically, Kampong Glam was the home of the Sultan of Singapore, hence the name of its main mosque. The area was set aside in the early days for Malay, Arab and Bugis traders.
 

restaurants at Sultan Mosque
The shophouses in the lane leading up to the Sultan Mosque are popular place to visit for dinner in the evening. The pricy but good restaurants serve mostly Middle Eastern and Pakistani cuisine.
 

Malay Heritag Centre
Malay Heritag Centre, a permanent exhibition showing heritage, culture and history of Malay Singaporeans. The building used to be the Sultan's place (Istana Kampong Glam)
opening hours: Tue - Sun 10am - 6pm, closed on Mondays
www.malayheritage.org.sg


The Sultan Hotel
beautifully restored historical shophouses on Jalan Sultan, now housing The Sultan boutique hotel


Arab Street
Arab Street, here you can find shops selling fabrics, cloths, carpets, perfumes etc. and cafes to where you can smoke a shisha


Haji Lane
Haji Lane, this narrow lane behind Arab street houses many fashion shops and Middle Eastern cafes


graffite wall
a rare find in Singapore, a wall graffiti near Haji Lane
This caused some controversy as it didn't comply ot the regulations of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) for conserved shophouses. Read the article


row of old shophouses
row of old shophouses along Jalan Sultan



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Attractions

Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore

Singapores oldest and most important Hindu temple, right in the middle of Chinatown

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Attractions

Harmony Street, Melaka

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Terengganu State Museum, Kuala Terengganu

Acclaimed as the largest museum in Malaysia and one of the largest museum in South East Asia, the Terengganu State Museum houses century old artifacts and artworks of rich and colorful heritage.