Be Inspired by Katong – Melting Pot of Singapore’s Culture

By June 20, 2017 No Comments

Photo credit: Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong

Katong is a residential area in the east of Singapore, located near the seafront. The name “Katong” refers to an exotic species of sea turtle that are now extinct. Up until 1920, the Katong neighbourhood used to be a large coconut and spice plantation where one could take in the crisp tang of the sea, the whisper of waves and the swaying rustle of coconut trees.

Today, Katong has evolved into an exciting neighbourhood that brims with heritage stories, diverse cuisines and eclectic architecture that draw influences from Peranakan, Chinese, Malay, Indian and European cultures. There’s so much to explore the charm and aesthetic touch of this neighbourhood.

Venture into the back alleys of Joo Chiat Road and be amazed by quaint spiral staircases that is a unique architectural feature at the back of a dizzying array of antique Paranakan shop houses. With eye-catching pastels, and original and decorative elements, it’s a photographer’s dream.

Then explore stunning places of worship, with Masjid Khalid located at the beginning of Joo Chiat Road. Built in 1917, the mosque has become the administrative of Islamic Religious Council in Singapore. Just 5 minutes away from the Masjid, step into a traditional Chinese temple, Kuan Im Tng – the consolidation of three essences; Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism into “Xian Tian Sect”. The Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple is situated minutes away in Celyon Road and you’d be surprised with its colourful temple traces and historic beginnings dating back to 1850s when a status of Lord Vinyagar was discovered beside a Chempaka tree. Located along East Coast Road, the Church of the Holy Family was founded in 1902, by four Eurasian families residing in Katong. The Catholic Church retains much of its charm, including an amazing stained glass work.

Staying on East Coast Road, diagonally opposite Hotel Singapore Katong is the iconic Red house at Katong. The building once housed the former Katong Bakery and Confectionary, better known as the first confectionary to introduce three-tier Western-style wedding cakes in the 1920s. Continuing along the trail, you will discover the colourful Perankan culture by visiting Kim Choo Kueh Chang. Indulge yourself with the delicious Nonya kuehs and rice dumplings and wind down your journey by walking around the Peranakan museum on the second floor to learn more about Peranakan heritage.

Explore this melting pot that showcase the best of Singapore’s culture with us at Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong.