Glam Tree of Singapore’s Kampong Glam

Hey there, backpackers!

Many tourists in Singapore have Kampong Glam in their list of must-visit tourist destinations. Do you know how Kampong Glam got its name? Kampong Glam is a Malay name. Kampong means Village, and Glam is a tree species that is commonly found growing there.

Glam Tree at Kampong Glam, Singapore

Glam Tree at Kampong Glam, Singapore

The Glam Tree has a special bark that is paler in colour than the bark of most other tree species. In Singapore’s history, the Glam Tree was used mainly for its leaves and bark.

Leaves of the Glam Tree contain cajuput oil that is applied externally to treat muscular aches, pains, respiratory problems. The bark of the Glam Tree is water proof and very durable. Sailors used the bark to seal gaps in their boats as it could withstand the effects of the salt in the sea water.

If you are looking for a tourist souvenir to buy back for your friends and family, the shops at Kampong Glam sell special Glam Tree products. Some even have tourist discounts!

To order discounted tickets:
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Singapore Fun Fact #17 – How Singapore’s Dhoby Ghaut was named

Hi tourists,

When travelling around in Singapore, you will likely visit this place called Dhoby Ghaut, especially if you are travelling on the MRT (the local subway/metro). Dhoby Ghaut is on the North-South line (red line), the North-East line (purple line) and the Circle line (yellow line) in central Sinagapore area.

Often, tourists are mind boggled by the strange names that places in Singapore have. The stories behind these names are really interesting!

Dhoby is a Hindi word meaning “laundrymen”; Ghaut is also a Hindi word meaning “by the river side’. In the olden days in Singapore, Dhoby Ghaut used to be by the river side, and Indian men staying around the area used to do their laundry at the bank of the river.

Singapore's Dhoby Ghaut - Laundrymen by the river

Singapore’s Dhoby Ghaut – Laundrymen by the river

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The MRT – Singapore’s amazing public transport system

Hi tourists,

The MRT (Mass Rapid Transit), the backbone of Singapore’s highly effective and technologically advanced public transport system, is the pride and joy of our densely populated nation.

Discovery Channel featured the story behind the MRT system – how it is carefully planned, the backbreaking and dangerous work involved in executing the plans and the final result of it all.

Enjoy the videos below! (5 in all)

Now that you know the story behind the MRT, your subsequent MRT rides won’t be the same again.

Cheers,
Kusu

Singapore Fun Fact #15 – Bamboo Pole Culture

Hello tourists,

Did you know?

15. Singaporeans who live in high rise flats hang their clothes out to dry on bamboo poles. This phenomenon is also known as the “Flags of Singapore”

(Images courtesy of Singapore Tourism Board)

KusuLife,
Your Singapore Guide

Singapore Fun Fact #13 – Singapore Flyer

Hi tourists,

Did you know?

13a. The Singapore Flyer is the world’s tallest observation wheel

13b. The Singapore Flyer is not actually round – it is a 56-sided polygon

(Images courtesy of Singapore Tourism Board)

To order discounted tickets:
kusu.sg@gmail.com or +65 8282 1312 

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All Singapore attraction tickets available.
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Package – $199.50 (U.P. $237.50, save $38):
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+ Night Safari
+ Hippo Bus
+ DUCKtour
+ Singapore River Cruise
+ Sentosa Cable Car

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