There's a reason why Little India has earned a rep as a hip 'hood. The name says it all. This vibrant neighbourhood is a slice of India in multicultural Singapore. Blending old and new, the buzzing ethnic enclave is peppered with spice shops, jewellery stores, flower vendors, saree specialists, trendy cafes and hip watering holes. Each offers a heady experience like no other. Along with the Deepavali lights in October, there’s plenty to see and do in our extensive guide to Singapore’s Little India.
The Merlion is the national symbol of the city-state of Singapore. It is depicted as a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. Being of prominent symbolic nature to Singapore and Singaporeans in general, it is widely used to represent both the country and its people in sports teams, advertising, branding, tourism and as a national personification and patriotic emblem of the Singaporean nation. The Merlion was first used in Singapore as the logo for the tourism board. The lion head represents Singapore's original name—Singapura—meaning "Lion City".