Geylang is a busy city. Being a working-class community, it’s no surprise the place is crowded, vibrant, and lively 24/7. But despite modernity, Geylang was able to preserve its identity. 

Curious about how they were able to pull that off? Learn how the people of Geylang were able to protect their culture in these informative activities. As a bonus, we included relaxing and filling things you can enjoy doing around the area!

  1. Get a Glimpse of Penerakan Culture at The Intan

Awarded by Singapore Tourism as the best tour experience in 2016, this place isn’t your usual museum. The Intan will take you to the early history of Penerakan Culture — the fruit of Chinese and Malayan marriage that gave birth to a beautiful culture. 

Expect to be mesmerized with a wide variety of antique displays that exhibit the early journey of Penerakan culture.

Location: 69 Joo Chiat Terrace, Singapore 427231

Hours: 7 am to 10 pm daily

  1. Photowalk at the Penerakan Houses

Curious about how old houses in Singapore looked like? If you’re a fan of beautiful and historical architecture, this one’s for you. 

Located in the vicinity of Koon Seng Road, these eye-catching row houses are the perfect subject for your next photo walk. As a result of Chinese, Melayu, and European design, these structures are known for having impressive detailing and intricate design. 

Location: Singapore, 287 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427540

Hours: Open daily

Rumah Bebe

  1. Discover Penerakan Craft at Rumah Bebe

Beaded slippers are considered one of the precious forms of art in Penerakan culture. In the old days, the art of beaded slippers became a way of showing skills among girls. Also, that time, a pair of beautiful beaded shoes equates to a good marriage.

Learn that and more at Rumah Bebe, which is currently owned by Bebe Seet — an expert in the traditional Penerakan way of crafting beaded slippers. Doesn’t it make this a perfect place to buy souvenirs? 

Location: 113 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428803

Hours: 9:30 am to 6 pm all days except Mondays 

  1. Bicycle Ride at Geylang Park Connector (PC)

After learning about Penerakan culture, another way to freshen your mind and body from a stressful workweek is to get those muscles moving. Geylang PC offers a long and relaxing biking trail with a view of its fresh river water. 

Try to forget your to-do list for a while and let yourself enjoy the calm and soothing breeze of the serene bike ride. 

Not a fan of a two-wheeled ride? No worries, you can still go for a jog. 

Location: This park connector starts at Guillemard Road to Mountbatten Road and will stop at Tanjong Rhu Bridge flyover

Hours: Opens Daily 

  1. Eat and Shop at Geylang Serai Market

Home to multi-racial and multi-cultural ranges of food and goods, Geylang Serai Market, is solid proof that Singapore is indeed a melting pot of cultures and traditions. Got hungry? Choose among traditional such as Singaporean dishes,  Middle Eastern plates to authentic Malay cuisines, and many more.

Location: 1 Geylang Serai, Singapore 402001

Hours: 6:00am to 9:00pm Mondays – Fridays | Saturdays & Sundays 6:00am to 10:00pm | 24 hours Wednesdays

Getting all hyped? We totally get that feeling! 

If you decide to pursue this trip, make sure you are not on a tight budget. Sometimes, being short on cash can possibly ruin your trip. Good thing, there is a trusted moneylender near Geylang that you can turn to if you need to stretch your budget a bit.

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