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A Shopping Street with a Lot of History

Throughout the 1950s until the 1980s, Bugis street used to to be notorious red light district that attracted local servicemen and foreign gawkers there to witness the "nightly parade" of local trans women that frequented the market. In the mid-1980s, an urban renewal project uprooted this community and a modern, more family friendly tourist street was installed in its place. The gambling dens and sex-tourism of the past have been excised and a modern shopping street now stands in its place. From high-end shopping malls along the wide cobblestone main street to the hundreds of small pasar malam vendors in the many small side streets, you can find just about anything you want in this famous shopping district. Find great deals in men's and women's clothing, electronics, toys, crafts, jewelry and, of course, souvenirs. Everywhere you turn, you'll also find food stalls, giving an inexpensive and delicious way to sample a wide range of Asian cuisine. Even if you've been there during the day, be sure to go back for the night market; it's an entirely different vibe. Best of all, Bugis Street is easy to get to: Just take the MRT. The phrase "shop 'till you drop" is a very real possibility; wear comfortable shoes and pace yourself.

Open in Google Maps: 3 New Bugis St, Singapore 188867

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