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  • Writer's pictureRick

Singapore See: Heritage Murals in Kampong Glam

While mapping a new walking trail using heritage murals in Singapore for my MapTrail app, I came to Kampong Glam. There were many murals around Kampong Glam by several artists, but I was lured here again by a new artwork by Yip Yew Chong, a local artist who contributed many manificient heritage murals around Singapore. I had captured most of Yip YC's artworks on photos in Tiong Bahru, Everton Park, Chinatown and also in Bukit Timah.

The first mural was titled "Kampong Gelam" and located outside Hotel NuVe. It featured a shop with woven baskets and textiles, a common scene along Arab Street.

Another mural, titled "Satay Club", was located just a few steps away from the "Kampong Gelam" mural along the same lane. It featured a man grilling meat satays and diners enjoying their satays with gravy, onions and ketupat (rice dumplings).

The new artwork (below) was published in August 2021 named "Kampong Jemput", which means "welcoming village". It was located in a back alley along Arab Street and very near to the Sultan Mosque, a magnificent landmark of Kampong Glam.

At first glance, Yip YC's new artwork seemed to be 3-dimensional but was actually a 2D painting, which featured kids climbing up ladders to a house perched above the trees. It was difficult to photograph the whole mural in the narrow lane, so I used a fish-eye lens instead.

The fourth art piece by Yip YC was the "Coffee Story" mural along Sultan Gate (it's a lane). This mural featured three coffee cultures on one wall outside a restaurant (it used to be a cafe). I posted an article on this mural in 2017.


There were a lot more artworks around Kampong Glam and especially along Haji Lane — too many to put in one post so I picked only Yip YC's murals.


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