More than just Spices and Calligraphy History, Culture & Arts come alive at Little India & Chinatown


The Grade 3 and Grade 4 students went on a field trip at Little India and Chinatown on 9 Sept, where they learnt how the exploration of the early Indian and Chinese immigrants led to the unique Indian and Chinese cultures, costumes, languages, art and music in Singapore.

First, we visited the green grocery stores opposite Tekka Market along Buffalo Road. The students got to see different fruits and vegetables commonly used in the Indian cuisine. We also visited a few booths selling Indian floral garlands made from assorted fresh flowers, which were used for their religious purposes. They also observed how the Indians expressed themselves through their language, traditional costumes and music. At Chinatown, we visited Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, Masjid Jamae Chulia mosque and Sri Mariamman Temple. The students also spotted several sculptures of the Samsui Women. They learnt how the exploration by these early immigrants led to the construction of different religious places of worship in Singapore, other than the important role-played by the Samsui women in the construction industry in the history of Singapore. They also learnt how the Chinese express themselves through their cuisine, language, calligraphy, paintings, music, traditional costumes, etc.