Singapore - Top 5 Places To Visit While You're in Bugis
The Bugis area in Singapore is almost synonymous with shopping. Bugis Street and the recently opened Bugis+ are both more than adequate for one’s shopping needs. Yet, it is not all about shopping in Bugis. Modernity meets culture in this area of Singapore; besides new shopping facilities, the Bugis area also holds Singapore’s National Library and the Singapore Art Museum. The Bugis area is a unique part of Singapore where one witnesses the new fitting in with the old, and the old adapting to the new, adding to a vibrant Singapore landscape. Here are five places you can check out when you are in the Bugis area (all places are accessible from Bugis MRT station):
1. Bugis Street - While Bangkok has its famed Chatuchak Weekend Market and Hong Kong has its prominent Ladies’ Market, Singapore’s equivalent would be the well-known Bugis Street. It is the largest street shopping location in Singapore. Trendy clothing and accessories are sold at cheap prices, although one might have to brave the bustling crowd. Advice? Visit on an early weekday afternoon, when it is the least crowded, armed with a bottle of water – you will need it. If you must go on a weekend, be prepared to face an energetic crowd of youngsters who want to dress well at a cheap price. Of course, the cheap and trendy bargains you can score here make up for it at the end of the day. Shopping here is meant for both guys and girls, with a large variety of stalls suited for both genders, so nobody will be left out! Don’t worry – there’s food available here too if you get hungry while shopping.
3. Bras Basah Complex - Besides modern air-conditioned shopping facilities, tucked away in Bugis is also Bras Basah Complex, which houses many second-hand bookstores that sell books, art, music and literature at dirt cheap prices. Just as the Bugis area seems to amalgamate the new and old, Bras Basah Complex is a microcosm of this eclectic mix. While there are many old second-hand bookstores that sell aged books with yellowed pages and rustic works of art, shops like Cat Socrates provide novelty products and some hobby items suited to the youth. Pick a right date to visit Bras Basah Complex and you may be treated to a music concert, book fair or an art competition. Just be sure to check out their website to stay updated.
3. Singapore Art Museum - As if these places aren’t enough to suit a diverse range of interests yet, the Singapore Art Museum is also nearby. The museum is home to a large spectrum of Southeast Asian artwork and various exhibitions. In fact, if you are travelling with kids, the museum would be a great place to spend the afternoon. Many exhibitions in the museum are interactive, which means rather than passively strolling in the museum, hands-on and interactive activities help you and your family to appreciate art in different and more novel ways. Some exhibitions are also culturally informative and make for great general knowledge. Why not get to know Singapore and her region better whilst you are here? Besides, kids who are below the age of six get to go in for free – turns out you can have your cake and eat it too!
How to get there ?
The Singapore Art Museum is located at 71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555.
4. Bugis+ - Pronounced Bugis Plus, this newly opened shopping mall certainly lives up to its name. Japanese casual and trendy fashion retailer Uniqlo has opened its biggest store in Bugis+. Brands like Aeropostale, Adidas, as well as Bershka have also opened shop here. The young and old are provided with more than enough shopping options. Air-conditioned and comfortable, Bugis+ is a nice and relaxing respite from the busy and bustling Bugis Street. If you spot a snake-like queue outdoors, you probably spotted the queue for Koi, a famous – and, to many, arguably the best – bubble tea shop in Singapore. Why not try a cup of ice cold milk tea (you get to pick a sugar level) to take a break from the heat?
How to get there ?
Bugis+ is located at 201 Victoria Street, Singapore 188067. It is open from 10AM to 10PM daily.
5. National Library Building - In between shopping haven (Bugis+ and Bugis Street) and a cultural sanctuary is the National Library Building. The National Library in Bugis is the flagship building of the National Library Board of Singapore. It houses both a reference library (the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library) as well as a public library (the Central Public Library). If being on holiday doesn’t trigger any inclination to pick up a book from the library, perhaps then, you could catch a play in the Drama Centre. The Drama Centre occupies the third to fifth storeys of the National Library Building. Plays, performances, musicals, talks are regularly held here. To see what you can buy tickets for while on your trip, you can visit http://www.dramacentre.com or http://www.sistic.com.sg (click Venues > Drama Centre Theatre)
How to get there ?
The National Library Building is located at 100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064. The Library is open everyday, except public holidays, from 10AM to 9PM.
Author: Tralleo Writing Team
The Tralleo Writing Team is a team of freelance journalists, photographers & writers who wish to remain anonymous as they write about the city that they live in.
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