Singapore may be aptly called the city which never sleeps. A place where sophistication and gaiety run side by side, where sobriety and wildness travel parallelly, where the early bird and the night owl coexist in harmony, Singapore is a mark above the rest. Out of the several places that make up this bustling city-state, the one place that buzzes with excitement and thrill is Geylang. Situated at the eastern part of Singapore's central region, this township is home to a majority of the Malay community. Singapore's historical artefacts and topographical maps bear a witness to the fact that the word Geylang was used to signify the coconut plantations and marshlands lying in close proximity to the Kallang River.
Malayan vocabulary implies that "Geylang" might have originated from the word "geylanggan", meaning 'to crush' or 'to twist'. This may refer to the process of milk and meat extraction of the coconuts, a common occupation among the locals in order to thicken the gravies of their cuisine. Another possible reason behind the nomenclature of the place is from the word "gelang" which is a kind of edible creeper growing around this area. The vibrant culture of the Malays can be witnessed once you step into Geylang. Dotted with restaurants, shopping centres, leisure facilities and magnificent historical buildings, this place is more than just a red-light district. Contrary to popular belief, Geylang Serai is a residential, safe place and is an ideal hangout spot both in the day and at night.
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