Balik Kampung Glam

[written and compiled by KopiOkaya]

In Malay, “balik” is loosely translated as to go back. The word “Kampung” means village or settlement, and “Glam” is the name of a particular tree, which grew in abundance in the area in early Singapore.

In the beginning, Kampung Glam was a fishing village situated at the mouth of Rochor River, Singapore. It became more populated and grew into prominence after the Sultan of Singapore, Hussein Mohammed Shah and the Temenggong signed a treaty with the East India Company in 1819.

Today, Kampung Glam remains an ethnic district with a strong Malay-Arab influence. It is a place where one will patronize for their Arab-Muslim traditional foodstuff and merchandise. There is a vast variety of rich heritage passed down from generation to generation. Some of these long enduring traditions are in the form of monuments, trades, cultures and practices. Conservation of places of worship, old school, old dwellings, some of which are still in their original form while others have been refurbished. These rich remains give a hint of the architecture and life style of the early days. Such diverse rich heritage can only come about through a sense of tolerance, sharing and bonding, all encapsulated in the Kampung Glam spirit.

New to Singapore? You can read more about Kampung Glam HERE.

This series of images was taken during our F.U.N. “Return to Kampung Glam” Outing on 24th July 2010.

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[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix S100FS

[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix S100FS

[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix S100FS

[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix S100FS

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[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix F31fd

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix F31fd

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix F31fd

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix F31fd

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[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR

[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR

[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR

[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR

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[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix F31fd

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix F31fd

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix F31fd

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix F31fd

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