Before 1889, Chinese called this “Jiau a Koi - The Javanese street”. Tamil Indians called it “Pukadai Sadkku- flower shop street.”
It was came to be known as Arab Street™ because of Arab Kampong.
All three cultures have beautiful Aromatic history, and so does this street. We bring you reminders of the past- Smell of Jasmin, Champaka Flowers, Amber, Myrrh, Frankincense & Sandalwood. Plus a dash of Oud as you will experience today.
Amber & extracts were used in ancient Greece for a wide variety of treatments. Traditionally, North Africa & the Arabian Peninsula has been using Myrrh and Frankincense to heal Arthritis amongst other ailments.
Sandalwood oil is supposed to be anti-inflmammatory, antispasmodic and soothing to skin and was used by almost all cultures.
World’s belief in traditional medicine is shaken, specially in light of efficacy of modern medicines. But have we not experienced calming effects of aromas? In that spirit, we bring you the mix of few of the most calming Aromas.
A short history of Arab Street
The Chinese merchants in Singapore used to refer to the street as Jiau a Koi. However, there were others names too. Tamil Indians called it Pukadai Sadkhu Street, meaning the street of flower shops. Malay referred to the area as Kampong Gelam.
Kampong Glam was the oldest urban quarter of the city and was established around 1822 by Sir Stamford Ruffles who allocated the area to the Malay, Arab and Bugis communities. The origin of name is from gelam tree. Gelam is the name of the wood used for the boat making, medicines and even for seasoning food.
Modern medicines have shaken the beliefs that older people had on the abilities of these therapeutic oils, but at Singapore Memories they still firmly believe in their powers. Their aromas have soothing effects that are therapeutic to the body, mind, and soul from the effects of a stressful day at the office.