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Top 10Little India and Kampong Glam

In Singapore’s early days, ranchers settled and raised cattle in the area that is now Little India. The industry blossomed, supported by Indian labor. The government later opened brick kilns and lime pits that also relied on Indian workers. Thus, Little India was not a planned ethnic quarter but sprang from the community that gravitated here. Today, stores selling goods from India lend it authenticity. Kampong Glam was allocated to the Sultan of Singapore in Raffles’ 1822 town plan. It attracted other Muslim residents such as Malays, Bugis (from Sulawesi), and Arabs. Bugis immigrants set up ship-building ...

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