What are the first few things that come to mind when you hear the words “Kampong Glam”?
Colourful rows and rows of shops, hipster cafes, and the golden dome of the iconic Sultan Mosque, perhaps?
Just In Case You Didn’t Already Know About Kampong Glam…
Kampong Glam is known to be unique for being a place that history and modernity are able to thrive together. What used to be an ethnic enclave for the Muslim community is now a hip neighbourhood that is especially popular among youths.
It is home to tons of cultural spots and quaint little cafes and bars. It’s pretty much a common sight to see an old and traditional shop right next to a trendy and quirky boutique.
But what really makes Kampong Glam stand out are its beautiful IG-worthy graffiti-filled walls that are perfect for OOTD spots.
So beautiful that they are now Singapore’s very first outdoor gallery.
Gelam Gallery, which features stunning imagery and paintings done by art professionals as well as graduates from local art educational institutions, is located in the back alleys of the streets of Kampong Glam.
Set up by Color Inc with the support of Singapore Tourism Board and One Kampong Gelam, this art gallery consists of art pieces that feature a mix of contemporary art, as well as a reflection of Singapore’s rich culture and heritage.
Admission to this hidden gem is free and it showcases the works of 25 artists.
Here’s one, for instance. This entire wall is done by a multi-disciplinary artist, PrettyFreakyFantasy, who is famous for his pop culture elements in bright and bold colours.
It looks like a stunning fantasy garden that has come to life.
This gorgeous wall was painted by French artist, Helene Le Chatelier, who debuted her first exhibition in Paris.
She is most known for her ink bodyscapes and she has been working in Singapore since 2010, whilst showcasing her works in cities like Bangkok and New York.
Wow, looking at all these paintings really makes me wish I had a talent.
Free Guided Tours
Roaming around the gallery at your own pace, and taking your time to look at all the art is one way to pay a visit to Gelam Gallery, but you also have the option of going on a tour of it if you like.
From this month onwards, you can sign up for free guided heritage and art trails conducted by Monster Day Tours on weekend afternoons. Their guides will be able to tell you more about the inspirations and backgrounds of the artists and their works.
Some of us (like me) may not have the talent to produce these visually stunning art pieces but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate them.
So next time you’re bored over the weekend and have nothing to do, grab a few of your friends and check out the one and only outdoor gallery in Singapore!
I can assure you that you’ll definitely get quite a number of IG-worthy shots.