Haji Lane

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Part of Haji Lane in 2016

Haji Lane is in the Kampong Glam neighbourhood of Singapore, a short walk from Bugis MRT. Young people frequent the shophouses along this lane for the independent stores and cafes, such as Pizza Fabbrica, Good Luck Beerhouse, and Monocle.

Haji Lane got its name because of the businesses here. There were many Arab pilgrim-brokers who would arrange the haj for Muslims in Singapore and from the nearby islands such as Java.

Map of Tanah Jawa
Uthmaniyah scatch of Masjidil Haram Makkah


1800s-1960s: The shophouses of Haji were most commonly used as lodges for Hajj pilgrims whilst on their journeys. During their stay, the pilgrims would work close by as hawkers in order to save enough money to continue the rest of their journeys.

1960s-1970s: Haji Lane provided shophouse homes for poorer Malay families.[1]

After 1970s: There were a lot of empty shophouses. The ones that were occupied were used as storage spaces. [2]


  1. ^ Hee, J. (2015, June 4). Haji Lane: An Unofficial Shopping Guide, & A Look At Its History And Conservation. Retrieved from Vulcan Post: https://vulcanpost.com/208471/haji-lane- shopping-guide-history/
  2. ^ Williams, G. (2009, December 3). Singapore Lane Springs to Life. Retrieved from The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/06/travel/06headsup.html?_r=0

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