The popular Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar or the Bazaar Ramadan at Geylang Serai is here again. The Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar 2018 started on 16 May and would run till 14 June 2018. It seems that this year the pasar malam which runs during the month of Ramadan has much more to offer than just food. Whether the essence of a Ramadan festival is retained is debatable but there is certainly more stalls selling Hari Raya essentials. There are new elements in the 2018 edition of the Bazaar Ramadan, like booths in the newly opened Wisma Geylang Serai and stalls in an air-conditioned tent. A visit to the Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar 2018 should be an interesting experience – whether you like traditional street food or trendy new concoctions or just like to revel in the spirit of a unique Singaporean event.
Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar – Location & Time
The Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar 2018 have stalls lining both sides of Geylang Road and Changi Road, from the Joo Chait Road junction to the Tanjong Katong Road junction, as well as an area between Engku Aman Road and Geylang Serai Road. There are more than a few operators which have stalls in different sections of the bazaar, selling the same things. There are also stalls inside the new Wisma Geylang Serai as well as outside One KM Mall, Tanjong Katong Complex and even City Plaza.
Opening hours vary from stall to stall. Most stalls start to open in the afternoon, from around 3 pm, and remain open till late at night.
As usual, Bazaar Ramadan @ Geylang Serai is a real marketplace offering festive cookies, clothes of all styles, jewellery, curtains, carpets, electrical items, festive decorations, fragrant oils and even furniture.
Wisma Geylang Serai
Wisma Geylang Serai (WGS) is a cultural heritage integrated hub which is built on the plot of land where the Malay Village used to be. The complex houses the Geylang Serai Community Club, the Geylang Serai Malay Heritage Gallery and the South East Community Development Council.
There are daily movie screenings at WGS during the festive season. On level 1 there is a kiddy rides area and there are booths featuring goods from different countries of ASEAN.
The tented area in front of the new Wisma Geylang Serai housed mainly stores selling clothes and Hari Raya festive essentials.
Behind Wisma Geylang Serai, there is a large air-conditioned tent with stalls selling clothing and household items.
Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar Food
Food in Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar includes traditional Malay food like otah and Indian Muslim food like nasi briyani, as well as international fare like kebabs and pizzas and a whole hosts Thai teas and colourful fusion concoctions. Many of the same stalls from the Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar of the last 2 years are back again. Some of them occupy the exact same spots and sell the exact same things (we could use last year’s photos and no one will know the difference).
A new feature of Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar 2018 is the provision of seating areas. There are tables and benches in sheltered spaces so that you don’t have to try and eat while jostling with the crowd along the narrow walkways. There is a seating area near Engku Aman Road and one near Onan Road.
Although many of the food stalls are the same as those from the previous years, there are still a number of interesting finds at Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar 2018. We will just share photos so that you can go and hunt for them if you like.
Loco Loco Churros
Chef Syed Meatballs in a Bucket
Crispy Chicken Skin
The Colourful Food & Drinks
As in previous years, Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar 2018 has lots of really colourful concoctions including Thai milk teas in rainbow hues and the popular Watermelon Volcano.
Traditional Food at Geylang Serai Bazaar
The traditional food stalls found in the Geylang Serai bazaar are still there. Goreng pisang, kebabs, Ramly burgers, vadai etc are available.
Food for a Global Village
It may be a Hari Raya pasar malam in the heart of Geylang Serai but there are food and beverages representing far flung countries like Italy, Turkey and Japan.
There are many other interesting stalls.
Shop & Play at Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar
There is much more to do than just eating at Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar 2018.
You can get a henna tattoo or get a customised pair or sandals.
Buy some cookies, plants or even a car.
Take a ride in an arcade car or go on a carousel.
The above photos represent only a small part of the numerous vendors at the Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar 2018. A walk around to discover what the festive market has to offer should be a worthwhile outing.
If you decide to go, the nearest MRT Station is Paya Lebar; and Geylang Serai is well served by buses including service no. 2, 7, 13, 21, 24, 26, 28, 30, 51, 67, 76, 154 & 155.
There are surface car parks at Haig Road and Engku Aman Road.
Parking is also available at Wisma Geylang Serai Joo Chiat Complex, Tristar Complex, One KM Mall and City Plaza.
Happy Shopping and Eating at Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar 2018!
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