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Arab Street

Mosq If textiles are your scene then a visit to Arab Street is something that you must on no account miss. To walk down Arab Street without looking at the fabrics would take you about five minutes. However, stop and look, you will find hand painted and hand stamped batiks, silks, cottons, inexpensive to plushly expensive fabrics. It is worth the visit to see the wide range of batik alone. You can also buy supplies for doing batik yourself, including cantings with multiple spouts!

Arab Street is the Moslem centre of the city and you will encounter streets with Malay names like Pahang Road, Jalan Sultan and Jalan Pisang. As well as the Batiks from Indonesia you'll find sarongs, flower essences, hajj caps, songkok hats, hookahs, rattan and basketware.

Whilst you are in the area it is worth visiting the Sultan Mosque. The largest mosque in the city; it was built in 1825. Funding for the mosque was a grant from Stamford Raffles and the East India Co. following the treaty Raffles made with the Sultan of Johor. In 1925 the building was replaced by the present gold domed building. You may visit the mosque between 5 a.m. and 8.30 p.m. daily. Remember to dress respectfully when visiting the mosque.

Getting There

To get to Arab Street take the MRT to BUGIS then walk towards the Golden Landmark Hotel and Shopping Centre and then make your way towards the Sultan Mosque along North Bridge Road. The textile merchants can then be found along Arab street heading towards Beach Road. In the photograph taken between Golden Landmark and Arab Street turn right before you get to the Mosque.

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