KAMPUNG GLAM HERITAGE TRAIL
In Malay, the word "Kampung" means "village or settlement" and "Glam" is the name of a particular tree, which grew in abundance in the area in early Singapore. In the beginning, Kampong Glam was a fishing village situated at the mouth of Rochor River. It became more populated and grew into prominence after the Sultan of Singapore, Hussein Mohammed Shah and the Temenggong signed a treaty with the East India Company in 1819. Tengku Ali built Istana Kampong Glam in 1840 at Sultan Gate. Tengku Ali was only recognised as Sultan of Singapore by the British, in 1855.
What we see today in Kampong Glam is a variety of rich heritage passed down from generation to generation. Some of these long enduring traditions are in the form of monuments, trades, cultures and practices. Conservation of places of worship, old school, old dwellings, some of which are still in their original form while others have been refurbished. These rich remains give a hint of the architecture and life style of the early days. Such diverse rich heritage can only come about through a sense of tolerance, sharing and bonding, all encapsulated in the Kampong Glam spirit.
From a palace that was built in 1819 by order of Sultan Hussain, which has now become a place to operate food business, a restaurant called Mamanda. It was announced in the news that the tender has been awarded to Mamanda on 4th April 2012. Uniquely about Mamanda, customers get to enjoy scrumptious Malay cuisines that can be partaken in the grandeur of the Istana, while being served like a Sultan on the throne.
Mamanda is well known by the locals in Singapore with its fine malay heritage cuisine Nasi Ambeng. The uniqueness of this cuisine is all about communal dining experience whereby the food is being served in a large metal tray to be shared among 4 participants.
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