This red light district in Singapore is transforming. It seems like there are many authentic restaurants with cuisine from China now and the staff are also from China. Loads of people jaywalking and bicycles dangerously crossing over from one lane to the next so it’s quite a challenging place to drive. Luckily I’m not the one driving or I’d be scared out of my wits.
B pointed out a Szechuan Hot Pot restaurant to me which you should try when you’re up for a challenge as it’s super hot. Just looking at all the chillis on the signboard is an indication. It’s very interesting to walk the streets here – there’s just so much to take in. We even saw an air-conditioning unit being fixed, with the service guy perched precariously on the second floor of the shophouse. And I was tempted by the tons of durians and rambutans I saw – pure tropical fruit heaven to me. Also tickled by the shop selling super tight and skimpy dresses and hotpants. Didn’t stay till very late, and I hear Geylang is a whole other place late in the wee hours. I’ll leave you with the photos for a little taste of Geylang.
In Geylang you’ll spot quite a number of stalls selling Economic Rice, Teochew Porridge and exotic dishes that I won’t be trying, like Frog’s Legs and Turtle Soup. I tried frog’s leg once, but it freaked me out. If you pressed me I would admit it tastes like mushy chicken, but I couldn’t get the image of the frog out of my mind.
A unique place to hang the Singapore flag. There was even an outdoor ‘stall’ where men’s shirts were sold. I also spotted a cigarette seller from China, who was selling them from a plastic bag for S$5 each, who called out to us. Do I look like I smoke? And I suspect it’s illegal for those prices. A tad shady, but definitely added colour to our little tour of Geylang. Truly felt like a tourist myself.
Since it was not very dark yet, there were only some obvious signs that this was the red light district. Like this shop and sleazy looking motels with hourly rates.
If you want to see the real Singapore, you have to include Geylang as part of your must see places. It will dispel a bit of the Disneyland, squeaky clean image that we have.
B told me this was a Tibetan Temple. I had no idea, but thought it was great that we have so many different places of worship in Singapore.
The wonderful part is no parking charge after 5pm, so keep away those coupons. It’s a bit hard to get here if you’re not driving.