Thetraveljunkie.org – A guide to the best things to do and attractions in Katong, Singapore. Peranakans is make up one of Singapore’s most distinctive cultures. These early Chinese immigrants to the Malay Peninsula embraced Malay customs tinged with European, Indian influences, and now form a significant community in Singapore. Many interesting spots in Katong, with rich Peranakan influenced architecture and food. It’s easy to explore the heritage of the Peranakans – if you know where to look. Here are 10 things to do in Katong, Singapore:
01). Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy
Just 15 minutes away from Singapore’s Changi Airport and Marina Bay Cruise Centre, Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy lies in the heart of historical Katong – a heritage suburb in the East of the city. Close to everything that leisure and business travellers demand for an authentic and totally immersive Singapore travel experience. You should definitely check out Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy website for room availabilities! Book now: www.grandmercureroxy.com.sg or www.accorhotels.com.
02). Heritage Terrace Houses
Located along Koon Seng Road, terrace houses are designed with distinct Peranakan or ornate eclectic Chinese styles. They were built in the 1920s and served as homes for the Peranakans till the 1970s. The enclave was gazetted for conservation in 1991 and won awards for the architecture.
03). Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple
Built in the mid-19th century, the Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple was re-built and consecrated in 2003. Some interesting features include the Rajagopuram entrance tower which features the Chola style of architecture.
04). Kim Choo (Peranakan Delicacies)
Kim Choo Kueh Chang is the place for authentic Peranakan rice dumplings, Nyonya Kueh (bite-sized snacks) and cookies since 1945. Experience Peranakan culture through the in-House guided tour or the numerous workshops.
05). Rumah Bebe (Peranakan Sourvenirs and Fashion)
Spend some time here to revel in the rich Peranakan culture with its display of Peranakan wares and crockery. Look out for the colourful kebaya and sarong which is reminiscent of the Peranakan fashion.
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06). Chin Mee Chin Confectionary
Chin Mee Chin Confectionary is a vintage kopitiam that serves up traditional kaya and butter toasts. The unique part is that the toasts are on buns and the kaya is home-made, preserving that eggy (not the sweet overpowering type) taste of kaya.
07). I12 Katong
One stop shopping centre with many dining options from Asian to Western delights. A cinema is also available for your entertainment. It also offers a great outdoor roof-too water park for children to play in their swimming suit.
08). Parkway Parade Shopping Mall
Located just across the street lies Parkway Parade Shopping Centre with over 250 specialty shops. It carries brands like Isetan, G2000, Cold Storage Supermarket and many more to cater to your shopping needs.
09). Marine Parade Food Centre
Popular food centre which houses over 100 food stalls of local favorites. It is a popular dining place for local Singaporeans. Each food item cost from S$3.
10). East Coast Park
One of Singapore’s most treasured urban getaways, offering an invigorating and exciting diversity of sporting, dining and recreational activities. With the theme “Recreation for All”, the park has an activity for everyone. Families and friends can sit back, relax and enjoy picnics under the swaying coconut palms, Casuarinas and Ketapangs, or have a fun stay at the holiday chalet available in the park. For those looking for action, there are myriad sporting activities such as beach volleyball, cycling, cable skiing and various water sports as well as an Xtreme SkatePark. Short walk across Marine Parade Road use underpass to cross the East Coast Parkway (ECP) expressway.
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