Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A Quick Trip To Singapore

People at afternoon prayers at Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple in Singapore's Little India.

I'm in Singapore for a very quick trip.

I like Singapore, it's a cosmopolitan city with an energy. It's weird though, when I'm here I don't feel like I'm in Asia so much as in a hybrid place created at the nexus of Asia and Europe. The people, languages and religions are Asian but Singapore is missing the chaotic nature that marks most large Asian cities. I suspect that it's the way the founders of city-state intended it to be. It's a nice place to visit, but a little too ordered for my tastes. I prefer living in the chaos of Bangkok.

Little India is my favorite neighborhood in Singapore. I can wander the streets of this part of town for hours. On this visit I spent most of time at Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Kali. It's a dark, atmospheric place and despite Kali's fierce reputation, very welcoming. The food from the hawker stalls in Tekka Market, a couple of blocks from the temple, is nearly as good as the street food in Bangkok. (Singapore moved their street food into "hawker" centers years ago, a part of the orderliness of this city.)

The slideshow below is a few of the photos I made at the temple on this trip. There are more photos from Singapore in my archive.

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple in Singapore - Images by Jack Kurtz
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