Who says you need a time machine to travel back in time? With OH! Open House's new permanent immersive art experience, all you need is a pair of comfy shoes, inquisitive eyes, a good listening ear, and a whole lot of curiosity. New World's End is an audio-guided, multisensory walk around Little India and Jalan Besar that combines fiction and history to reveal the stories of the iconic New World Amusement Park, as well as the rich history and heritage of the area. It's a one-of-a-kind experience that'll take you down down back alleys, hidden rooms and fantasy spaces.
Did you know that Little India once had a racecourse, cattle herders and brick kilns? Before it was given its current name in the 1980s, the cultural and historical district was simply known as Serangoon.
It wasn't even assigned in the Raffles Town Plan as an area for the Indian community in Singapore. In fact, it was mostly inhabited by Europeans in the 1840s before cattle trading took root in 1860. Business started booming, and the area became a mostly Indian trade as traders employed Indian migrant workers.
Today, the vibrant ethnic enclave retains its unique heritage with a tantalising blend of restaurants dishing out traditional South Asian dishes, buildings stamped with contemporary street art, and age-old temples like the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple. Whether you're looking to learn more about Singapore's Indian community, get your fill of biryani, or shop for beautiful sarees, Little India is the place to be.