Jalan Besar was previously a swamp and has now become a bustling heartland.
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A Hidden Gem
One glance at Jalan Besar's early 20th century-looking streets and you'll know that this tiny little suburb of Singapore has been through a lot. Starting off as a swamp to being a refuse dump, it has now become a bustling street for locals to patronise.
My fondest memory of Jalan Besar was going to the Jalan Besar Stadium with my childhood friends to watch a football match between Singapore and Vietnam. The atmosphere was simply breathtaking. I was cheering my heart out ; hurling profanities at the opposition in unison with the crowd whenever an Vietnamese player fouled a Singaporean player. Such an alluring experience drew me to frequent the Stadium. Now, i am a regular football spectator at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
Besides the stadium, Jalan Besar also has its array of eateries and shop houses for foodies like me to explore. Just to name a few from my trips to Jalan Besar, there is the famous Swee Choon Tim Sum restaurant, Hakka Beef House and the 'Butter Studio' bakery. You will not be disappointed if you are looking for food in this district. From my point of view, Jalan Besar is evolving; encompassing a mix of old hawker eateries with new restaurants and bakeries looking to exploit the much untapped food scene.
Just when i thought that was all Jalan Besar had to offer, i discovered the 'At Ease Gallery' and 'The Artist Village'. The former boasts a myriad of creatively designed phone covers and accessories while the latter is an arts club that promotes the development of local art. In particular, I was really attracted to one of the phone covers from "At Ease Gallery' that i eventually bought it!
In summary, I've really really enjoyed my time in Jalan Besar. I didn't know such a largely unknown area of Singapore had so many interesting things to see, eat and do! It's definitely a place I'll recommend my friends to go to.