Purple is a kingly colo, but kings are not politically fashionable these days. In the same way, Lavender is neither very modern nor very trendy. Entering Lavender is like entering Singapore in the late 1980s, and we know that two decades might as well be a century in this in this era of globalization. Lavender is an area that is covered with some old HDB blocks, a few fancy commercial buildings and a lot of good food. Mostly, though, Lavender is a simple but lovable district filled with small automotive shops, hardware stores and temples. The Immigration and Customs Authority (ICA) building, standing tall and new in Lavender, sticks out like a sore thumb.

In the 1800s, Lavender was filled with vegetable farms owned by Chinese immigrants to Singapore. Later on, these immigrants began cultivating sugarcane and the area grew to comprise a mix of vegetable farms and sugarcane plantations. Lavender's inhabitants were constantly complaining about their district because of the stench emitted from fertilizers, cow dung and the nearby industrial plant. Snidely and in jest, they called the place “Lavender”.

Lavender is also where racial riots broke out in 1964, on the Prophet Muhammad's birthday. This event has shaped Singapore 's political, social and education policies greatly, particularly with regards to racial harmony and multi culturalism.


  • Tai Pei Buddhist Centre
    This Buddhist centre makes its presence felt. Anyone who passes by Lavender will see this new concrete building with a gigantic statue of the Buddha sitting atop it. This statue is bright gold and depicts the Buddha deep in meditation. Rumour has it that the Buddha was placed there as the protector and guardian of the road parallel to it, following the advent of frequent accidents around the area. The rumour continues, claiming that the accident rate has considerably decreased since the Buddha was installed. Besides Tai Pei Buddhist Centre, there are other Buddhist and Taoist organizations in the area.

  • The Hive Backpacker's Hostel
    This hostel is one of the more polished, popular backpacker's hostels in Singapore. Cheap and convenient, the hostel does not have a curfew and has tight security. You can book a place online.

Lavender also has a number of music studios that you can rent to jam in, as well as bicycle shops and some HDB flats.

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