Geylang Serai Light-Up and Ramadan Bazaar 2024 (Video)


I intend for this to be a short, pictorial snapshot kind of post; that’s a new format of mine, by the way. And so just a couple of notes before I share my pictures. Or should I say, observations?

  • The light-up is at the usual areas, i.e., along parts of Geylang Road and Sims Avenue. Once again, the main festive gateway is beside PLQ Mall. Overall, nothing much has changed, although it’s only fair to highlight the lights are as charming as always. The ambience is also somewhat quieter this year and that’s because Tanjong Katong Complex is closed, the façade of Joo Chiat Complex is undergoing restoration, and there are no street side shops this year.
Geylang Serai Hari Raya Light-Up 2024
2024’s “Hari Raya” festive arch wouldn’t count among my personal favourites. But it’s still a colourful work of art.
  • Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar 2024 is noticeably smaller than last year’s edition. This is immediately obvious because there are no street side stalls, the food bazaar doesn’t extend to the Haig Road Market side of the road, and there are no tents at all at the Lorong Sireh Pinang car park. Last year’s bazaar had two huge tents at the car park.
  • The above being said, the bazaar still occupies a huge space next to Wisma Geylang Serai. I didn’t count but I’m sure there are at least 30 food stalls. If not more.
  • Is the bazaar so much smaller because of, erm, the complaints last year? Sorry to say this but I’m inclined to think so. Of note, too, I visited on Mar 12 and the crowd was thinner than I expected. There were very few shoppers in the retail areas.
Geylang Serai Food Bazaar 2024
Weekday evening crowd at this year’s food bazaar.
  • Is there a good selection of food? Well, I would say it’s a reasonable mix of classic pasar malam fare and hipster stuff. Operative word: reasonable.
  • Are prices affordable? Let me share my expenditure and leave it to you to decide. In total, I spent SGD 18/- on dinner. SGD 11/- for a Pan-Fried Beef Satay meal by Satay Ummi. SGD 3/- for a Kaya Taiyaki. And SGD 4/- for a Thai Mango Milk Tea.
  • I quite enjoyed my meal. Satay Ummi’s portions are large! And well prepared with lots of taste in the beef morsels. The Kaya Taiyaki was, surprisingly, not as sweet as I thought it would be. (Which is good) The batter was also noticeably smoother and creamier than the ones sold at, say, Takashimaya.

Geylang Serai Ramadan Light-Up 2024

Geylang Serai Ramadan 2024
Wau Bulan (Malay moon kites) and orchids are the main decorative motifs for the street lights this year. Do you like them?
Singapore Ramadan Light-Up 2024
Enjoying the light-up from the middle of Geylang Road is always a wonderful experience.
Wisma Geylang Serai Hari Raya Puasa
As usual, Wisma Geylang Serai was decked out with fairy lights. They have a lovely photo spot too.
Geylang Road Hari Raya Lights
Always a dreamy, exotic experience, too, watching the tunnel of lights stretch towards infinity.

Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar 2024

Geylang Serai Bazaar 2024
Welcome to the bazaar. Do you remember … the TraceTogether checks at this spot just two years ago?
Hari Raya Bazaar in Singapore
There are two parts to the bazaar. The huge, main tent nearer to Sims Avenue, and a long “passageway” beside Geylang Road. This is the food section of the passageway.
Geylang Serai Annual Ramadan Food Bazaar 2024
This is the main area. Thanks to the height of the tent, everywhere is airy and well-ventilated.
Geylang Serai Ramadan Light-Up and Bazaar 2024
A selection of the food stalls at this year’s bazaar.
Here’s my dinner. Pan-Fried Beef Satay pack by Satay Ummi and a Kaya Taiyaki for dessert.
The bazaar has quite a large dining area. In fact, it can be quite a walk to and fro the stalls if you’re seated at the further end.

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Geylang Serai Light-Up and Ramadan Bazaar 2024 (Video)
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Geylang Serai Light-Up and Ramadan Bazaar 2024 (Video)
Visiting Geylang Serai Ramadan Light-Up and Bazaar 2024. Perhaps because of certain complaints, the bazaar is smaller and quieter than last year’s edition.

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