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5 Interesting Connections You Can Make Along the Little India Heritage Trail – Expect the unexpected!

As one of the most iconic areas of Singapore, there is much emphasis on building awareness regarding the area's rich heritage and landmarks. With the launch of the Little India Heritage Trail launched in 2017, it is now easier than ever to learn about this district.

1

Visit the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial

A popular figure in India and across the globe, Mahatma Gandhi inspired millions with his views on nonviolent protests. It brought about substantial positive changes to the world he saw around him. To this day, he is revered for this way of life.
In a way, his memory has been immortalized in Singapore with the setting of the foundation stone at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial at Race Course Road in 1950. The stone was, quite appropriately, place by the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. This occasion took place just two years after Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated in New Dehli.
If you are staying at a hotel near MRT Singapore, such as the Park Hotel Farrer Park, you will only be a five-minute drive away!

2

Explore the Former Racecourse

As a racecourse initially opened in the mid-1800s, it has now been replaced with the often-frequented Race Course Road. However, there is much renown behind the racecourse during its heyday. While the racecourse was being used for horse races, people also visited to use it as a shooting range and an airfield for the landing of Singapore's very first international flight.
There is rarely such a versatile establishment, and its' history certainly speaks to the grandeur of the times as well!

3

The Tekka Market

The modern-day version of the Tekka Market can be seen through the Tekka Centre that now stands across the street from where the Tekka Market once stood.
The name 'Tekka Market' initially was coined due to the bamboo bushes that used to grow alongside the Rochor Canal. However, in 1982, the Tekka Market was demolished, and the stall owners shifted to what is now the Tekka Centre.

4

The Abdul Gafoor Mosque

This stunning mosque has been an irreplaceable destination for visitors and Muslims since the 1900s. Located on Dunlop Street, this mosque, under the management f the Hindu and Mohammedan Endowments Board, become one of the first mosques in Singapore to have electrical lighting installed, an actual landmark moment for many communities.

5

Learn about the KK Hospital

When it comes to the KK Hospital, it has had its fair share of illustrious residents. For example, Dr Benjamin Sheares was Singapore's President from 1971 to 1981. Still, he was also the Deputy Medical Superintendent at the Kandang Kerbau Hospital as well. While this was during the second world war, he went beyond the call of duty to ensure that he provided effective maternity care for the women who were staying at the hospital during this period.
The establishment that once housed the Kandang Kerbau Hospital now is home to the Land Transport Authority.

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