Moon 23 Hotel
Moon 23 Hotel is a trendy looking boutique hotel that is affordable yet surprisingly close to the city center. In fact, Moon 23 Hotel is located in the culturally rich Little India district and well-served by; Little India MRT Station (NE7) and Bugis MRT Station (EW12) that is a 10-minute walk from both stations to hotel doorstep.
Guest arriving to Changi Airport should take the Green MRT Line (East-West) and alight at Bugis MRT station as this line requires least transfers.
Rooms from US$110 per night.
Charming Little India
A district with things to see and do in abundance, yet its primary attraction to visitors is the sights and smells of Little India itself, especially the century old Singapore shop houses of which many retained their Art-Deco style facades and are an iconic image of the city.
As with Chinatown of Singapore, many shop houses in Little India sell wares targeted at tourists like souvenirs, mobile phones and clothing. But there are certainly traditional gems that sell Indian spices, incense, bespoke saris, Indian furniture and wood carvings and street stalls selling colorful hand woven flower garlands.
Temples and Mosques Galore
The truly well-informed visitors descend onto Little India to gawk at the strange mix of Muslim Mosques, Hindu and Chinese Temples. Each worship building is imbued with unique architecture and artwork that is a feast for photography buffs.
The smallish Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple (aka Temple of 1,000 Lights) on Race Course Road was erected in 1927, has 15-metre high, 300-tonne seated Buddha that manifest upon you when you step in. Just opposite to the Temple of Lights is the coming century old Leong San See Taoist Temple. Literally known as Dragon Mountain Temple, the palace look-a-like has a rooftop that is affixed with intricately carved dragon sculptures and a shiny pearl.
Heading onto Serangoon Road, the main vein that brings human and vehicular traffic to Little India is the century old Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple. Built in 1855 and dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple entrance top seats a 60-feet gopuram that is packed with intricate sculptures of Hindu deities and mythical creatures coated in vivid hues.
On the same Serangoon road, visitors cannot simply miss the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple with its trademark blue facade and Roman looking columns. Dedicated to Goddess of Kali, the Sri Veeramakaliamman also has a towering gopuram that can rival the workmanship of earlier Sri Srinivasa Temple.
Final worship place to visit is the Abdul Gafoor Mosque on Dunlop Street, the most famous mosque in Little India district. Hallmarks of this century old Muslim mosque is the protruding minarets with onion-shaped crowns, Western-style stained glass and the elaborate 25-rays sunburst-style sundial inscribed with names of 25 chosen prophets in Arabic calligraphy at the entrance.
Enjoy a Curry in Little India
After all the temples watching, one must be famished and Little India is undoubtedly the best place to try out all sorts of fiery curry dishes. The Banana Leaf Apolo restaurant in Little India Arcade on 48 Serangoon Road serves a mean fish-head curry that is wholesomely finger-licking good.
For vegetarians, fret not for there is the Komala Vilas Restaurant to the rescue. Komala specialized in South and North Indian vegetarian cuisine, sweets and savories. Their famous Masala Dhosai (pancake stuffed with potatoes, fried onions and spices) is a must have and try to eat it like the Indians do by using your right hand only.
Generally curry dishes and other food prices are reasonable in Little India and they come in generous portions too.
One and Only 24-Hour Shopping Center
Mustafa Center located on Syed Alwi Road may not be as glam as those shopping malls in glitzy Orchard Road but it made up for it with low prices and gargantuan variety of goods on sale.
Besides being the landmark in Little India, Mustafa Center is also the only 24-hour shopping center in Singapore. Competitively priced goods on sale includes clothing, toys, gold jewellery, health supplements, cosmetics, perfumes, shoes, sports items, laptops, LCD TVs, mobile phones, digital cameras, camcorders, luggage, spices and even branded Swiss watches like Tissot and Longines.
Mustafa Shopping Center is also one of the few places that offer good rates for foreign currencies exchange at their in-house money changers.
Chic Boutique Class Hotel
Wireless Internet access (complimentary) is available in all the rooms
- IPTV with Multiple Channels
- iPod/iPhone Compatible Stereo Set
- Bath Towels and Robes
- Key Card Access
- Safe Deposit Box
- Laundry Service / Dry Cleaning
- Tour Desk
Address: 23 Dickson Road Singapore 209507
Contact number: +65 6827 6666
Hotel Website: www.moon.com.sg
Nearest MRT Stations: Bugis MRT Station (EW12) and Little India MRT Station (NE7)