In Sin­ga­pore, Stuff travel re­porter LORNA THORNBER is en­chanted by cross-cul­tural con­nec­tion, bar hops with her 1920s he­roes and gets lost in a hor­ti­cul­tural won­der­land

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Cul­tural cool

Kam­pong Glam is a Malay and Ara­bic neigh­bour­hood turned hip­ster hang­out that shows what magic can hap­pen when peo­ple of dif­fer­ent back­grounds co­ex­ist har­mo­niously in a rel­a­tively small space. You won’t need di­rec­tions to find the Ara­bian cas­tle-es­que Sul­tan Mosque – its golden domes tower above the tra­di­tional shops. Step in­side for brief respite from the bus­tle; with its pale green and gold colour scheme, soft mu­sic and silently pray­ing souls, it ex­udes seren­ity. Visit the Malay Her­itage Cen­tre, once home to Malay sul­tans, and check out the exquisite fab­ric and fur­ni­ture shops along and around Arab Street be­fore head­ing to Haji Lane, where you can score one-off pieces at the quirky bou­tiques and ad­mire street art from its char­ac­ter­ful cafes and bars.

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