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A Day Out: Discover BUGIS, Singapore’s Central Shopping Heaven and Art Strip

Learn about the different things to do in Bugis!

You’ll find a mix of everything here.

Named after an ethnic group of seafaring people from Indonesia, Bugis is often featured in tourist guides for its extensive shopping options. However, the Bugis and Bras Basah area is also known for being Singapore’s heritage and arts and design precinct. Here are the spots you should not miss.

Did you know…

As recent as the 1980s, Bugis was well known for the presence of the transgender community there. Find out more here.

Bugis and Bras Basah host the annual Singapore Night Festival with free performances, light installations and extended museum hours.

Bugis Street


This lively place is for shopping on the budget at its finest. With an atmosphere that resembles a typical Asian night market, Bugis Street is full of cheap finds for clothes, especially women’s fashion and more.  It can get pretty packed at times so be prepared to jostle with the crowd to get to your best buys.

Address: 3 New Bugis St, 188867

National Design Centre


Drop by the National Design Centre for interesting exhibitions and other events, or shop at kapok located within the centre for unique and quirky items that are great for gifts!

And when you’re hungry, get something to eat while you rest your tired feet from all that shopping at Tanuki Raw @ Kapok known for its Japanese and American-inspired food.

Nation Design Centre
Address: 111 Middle Rd., 188969
Tel: 6333 3737
Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (daily)

Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple and Sri Krishnan Temple


By Muneerah Bee, May 2016  / Updated by Muneerah Bee, December 2019 / Last Updated Arshi Iqbal

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