Arab Quarter – long walk from our Hotel in Clarke Quay. 34 degrees and humid …too dumb not to know we could have taken the MRT. Lesson learned.
With our long walk and heat exhaustion, we need a break. Restaurants and bars everywhere. Ranging from Turkish, Asian, Mexican and more. Definitely a tourist Mecca. We chose the Muzium Cafe. Nice spot with overhead fans. Lunch special… Pat chose the fish and me.. chicken. Great food and perfect place to cool down.
Now off we go roaming the streets. Lots of shops selling fabrics, Persian rugs, leather perfumes and more.. The area has a genuine Middle Eastern atmosphere.
Muscat Street, was named in 1909, after the capital of Oman. This is where the Sultan Mosque is located. Wow! It is massive. Not as expected. We cannot enter. Dang! It’s prayer time. The narrow streets are packed with men are pouring in from everywhere. The arches are built to reflect Kamong Glam’s role as the hub for Arab Traders.
From here we trail a tourist group with their guide into the Malay Heritage Center. Built 160 years ago and was once the royal seat of the Malay Sultans. Interesting hearing the history of this area.