Bugis Street

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Bugis Street, Singapore Overview

The biggest, cheapest place for shopping, Bugis Street is a paradise for shopaholics. It is a huge part of Singapore with its main roads as Rocher Road and Victoria Street. The place is filled with various cultures and few of Singapore's key attractions. Bugis Street or Bugis Village is a large complex of over 600 shops and stores varying in items and wares. The place attracts tourists and locals alike and is almost always crowded with hoards of people looking to buy stuff or just to window shop and enjoy the atmosphere. The street that used to be known for its dodgy way of life is now a renowned urban multicultural prime spot.

The shops at Bugis Street sell all sorts of things- from clothes, souvenirs, shoes, and jewelry to paintings, artifacts, and cutlery. There is no end to the variety you get at this place and all at low prices. Bargaining is practiced to a large extent at this street. The ground shops are mainly for the tourists selling souvenirs and other knick-knacks, but the further you wander, the more serious the goods buyers sell are. Some things sold, however, may not be as original as they look. To make it more shopper friendly, the recent renovation saw an addition of a cover to all the streets shops so that the weather doesn't prevent shoppers from gathering here.

More on Bugis Street

Bugis Street is known for the retail therapy it provides for people from all walks of life and has been since the start of time. The street is extremely popular for its low prices and variety of products. However, Bugis Street (or Village) is not the only place that provides a lively shopping scenario in recent years. Two other sites have been thriving and adding to Bugis' reputation of a shopping multi-complex.

Bugis Junction on 200 Victoria Street is a popular destination for young shoppers aka teenagers. The covered place is not as cheap as Bugis Street but is still equally famous. It is home to several food stores and a food court as well as the massive fountain in Bugis Square. Bugis+ is the new place to shop at Bugis which is quite similar to Bugis Junction but with the addition of a 9 screen film cineplex and the biggest electronic darts area known as the Dartsoul Cafe and bar. Located at 201 Victoria Street, the mall is a chic hangout spot for many locals.

The restaurants and cafes at Bugis street provide as much variety and choice as the retail shops. Bugis houses restaurants serving all types of cuisines- whether it is the famous halal food from Arab Street or the Thai food from Golden Mile Complex on Beach Road. The Bugis Street itself has a lot of variety of shopping outlets. These shops normally sell light meals or snacks to chew on while shopping or walking. The fresh juice bars and blends are particularly famous. For a more substantial meal that will fill your stomach, Albert Centre at the end of the street is just the place. Bugis+ also has Ramen Champion, a place for all ramen lovers, containing all kinds of Ramen shops. The Loof is also a famous bar that lets you eat a delectable local meal while enjoying the view of the skyscrapers of Singapore.

While shopping might be what Bugis is known for, there are several other things to do and see in or around this cultural place.
  • Kuan Yin Thongs Hood Cho Temple: Located near the Albert Centre, this temple is devoted to the Chinese deity Kuan Yin or the goddess of mercy. Built in 1884, the temple is said to grant the wishes of the devotees and is exceptionally crowded at all times. The place is also supposed to advise some people at times through a procedure including bamboo sticks. It is a classic example of oriental temple architecture.
  • Haji Lane: The hipster lane is a fashion haven and houses chic stores selling unique products and articles. The place is also famous for people fancying a stroll or for the clubs that the street is littered with.
  • Hajjah Fatimah Mosque: This mosque is the second most important mosque, just after the Sultan Mosque which is also located in this area, and was built in 1846 by a Malaccan Merchant lady. It stands out among the modern buildings it is surrounded by and provides a calm and tranquil atmosphere.

By Bus- Bugis Station; Buses 7, 12, 63, 80, 175, 197, 851,960, 980, and NR7 stop here

By MRT- Bugis MRT Station (EW12) – 2-minute walk from Exit C

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