Singapore Bugis shopping places

Bugis is an interesting place in Singapore where you can spend your whole day shopping, tasting local Singapore food, taking photo and shop for electronic goods.

What make Bugis an interesting place? There are three famous shopping malls, Bugis Junction, Iluma, OG Albert Complex and also the famous electronic paradise Sim Lim Square which is just a stone throw from OG Albert complex.

Beside the shopping malls, there is a hawker centre between Bugis Street and OG Alebert complex selling cheap Singapore food.

There is also the Bugis street bazaar to shop for cheap flea market goods.

You can also take good picture of the famous Buddhist temple Kwan Im Tong Hood Cho Temple and Sri Krishnan Indian Temple located side by side.

How to go to Bugis

The easier way is to take MRT to Bugis. Take the East West Line of Singapore MRT line and alight at Bugis MRT Station (EW12/DT14)

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Location of the shopping malls and place of interests at Singapore Bugis

Parco Bugis Junction

If you are taking MRT, once you exist from the MRT exist EW12, you will reach Bugis Junction. Parco Bugis Junction is located right above Bugis MRT, features Singapore's first glass-covered, air- conditioned shopping streets amidst a nostalgic architectural setting.

From Straits Chinese-style facades to shop houses with five-foot walkways, Bugis Junction exudes a touch of historical charm while serving the needs of the modern shopper. There are plenty of choice of things to buy from local department store, shoes, clothing, electronics, lot of food outlets. There is also a dancing fountain at the first level where kids like to wet themselves and play with the water splashing up from the fountain. There are lot of food outlets and a food court at the basement and an entrance to the MRT station.

Bugis cinema is also in the shopping mall where most of the youth pardon during weekend. This is also a place to go if you are primarily looking for clothes and accessories to buy for your teenage children, nephew or nieces. 

Bugis Street

Just across the traffic light of Bugis Junction, you will reach Bugis Street (referred to the map above). Bugis Street is located beside Bugis Village and the main attraction is the long bazaar "Pasar malam" means night market where you can get cheap goods at flea-market price.

There are altogether two stories of small little shops mostly setup by young people selling all ranges of cheap stuffs from clothing, souvenirs, sex toys, bags, cheap watches and etc.

This flea-market style shopping experience provides a marked contrast in both setting and price from the shopping malls around area. 

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ILuma Shopping Mall

Iluma shopping mall is located opposite Bugis Junction and beside Bugis Village. The mall has an interesting architectural design that brings the thematic concept of lighting and illumination to the whole 10-story level which make it stand up in the shopping area at Singapore Bugis.

Iluma housed more than 150 stores, cafes, restaurants and an eight-screen Cineplex. It is targeting at young professionals in their 20s and 30s.

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OG Albert Complex

OG shopping mall is a household brand in Singapore and is situated next to the Bugis street. This Shopping Complex selling an array of goods from fashion, branded jewellery, international cosmetic products, costly watches to toys for kids and others range of fantastic items.

Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple

Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple is located at Waterloo Street and is just a few steps from OG Albert complex and Bugis street. It is a popular place of worship for local devotees of Kuan Yin or Guan Yin, the Chinese goddess of mercy.

Built in 1884, it is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Singapore and is a fine example of late 19th century Chinese temple courtyard architecture. 

Just outside the Kwan Im Temple, there are lot of small little stores selling incense sticks, flowers and others offering items to the Kwan Im Bodhisattav.

There are different kinds of fortune tellers to tell your fortune or to interpret the devotee i-Ching from the temple. While inside the temple at the main prayer hall is a flurry of activity as people take turns to kneel on the prayer carpet in front of the golden Buddha, where they shake i-ching sticks.

Sri Krishan Temple

Next to the Kwan Im temple is the polychromatic Hindu Sri Krishnan Temple with its magnificent silver-and-gold shrine.

Pragmatic worshippers from the Kwan Im Temple also burn joss sticks here for extra insurance. You will also see devotee from Kwan Im Temple will also burn joss sticks to the God in Sri Krishnan Temple and vice versus.

Is a showcase of Singapore religion harmony.

Sim Lim Square

Straight down from OG Albert shopping complex is the famous electronic shopping mall Sim Lim Square.

It is an IT and electronic hub, a six-storey electronics plaza dazzles with rows and rows of gadgets selling all the electronic and IT products, you name it you will be able to find it here.  You must know the price and product and practise your bargaining skill.