Experience History at Kampong Glam
Kampong Glam is Singapore’s oldest urban quarter and bears a history that can be traced to Singapore’s early days. Its name can be traced to its Malay roots, with kampong translating to “village” and “gelam” referring to the Paperback tree – a tree that was used locally for making boats, medicine and as flavouring in dishes.
Past and present-day Kampong Glam
Prior to our Singapore’s colonisation by the British in 1819, Kampong Glam was home to the Malay aristocracy of Singapore, which explains its Malay heritage. In the 1820s, Sir Stamford Raffles designated Kampong Glam for use by the Muslim community after he signed a treaty ceding Singapore to the East India Company.
Today, the district retains its rich heritage and is one of Singapore’s most recognisable areas. There’s lots to see and do in Kampong Glam – so whether you’re looking to savour a taste of history, or spend an enjoyable afternoon with your kids, there’s definitely enough here for a fulfilling time.