Fodor's Expert Review Bugis Street

Bras Basah and Bugis Neighborhood/Street

In its younger years, Bugis Street was the epitome of Singapore's seedy, but colorful nightlife, famous for the transvestite beauties who paraded its sidewalks; the government wasn't delighted, though, and the area was razed to make way for the Bugis MRT station. So strong was the outcry that Bugis Street has been re-created (but not really) just steps from its original site, between Victoria and Queen streets, Rochor Road, and Cheng Yan Place. The shophouses have been resurrected; hawker food stands compete with open-front restaurants. Closed to traffic, the streets in the center of the block are the places to find bargain watches and CDs; across the road is the Parco Bugis Junction, an upscale shopping center that's quite a contrast to all the area's dollar stores and souvenir shops.

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Bugis Street
Singapore, Central Singapore  Singapore

65-6338–9513

www.bugis-street.com

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