Unlike its sister conservation precincts of Chinatown and Kampong Gelam, Little India was never intended by Sir Stamford Raffles to be an area designated for Singapore’s Indian community. Instead, it developed its identity organically over the years, establishing itself as a melting pot of diverse communities and cultures, as well as an enclave for the Indian community.
In this story map, learn more about the history of Little India told through its iconic landmarks.
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This story map does not show a comprehensive coverage of the historic landmarks found in Little India.
The title of the base map used in this story map is the New Singapore Street Map (1930s)
This story map used related articles in Infopedia, HistorySG, BiblioAsia, and Roots as references. It also consulted the following books: Singapore Street Names: A Study of Toponymics (2013), Little India: Heritage Trail (2017), What’s in the Name?: How the Streets and Villages in Singapore Got Their Names (2018), Ray Tyers’ Singapore: Then & Now (2018), Singapore: A Guide to Buildings, Streets, Places (1988), In Granite and Chunam: The National Monuments of Singapore (1996), and Singapore: A Pictorial History 1819-2000 (1999).