A shop in Little India selling rattan handicrafts

The Little India district is a core conservation area that covers Sungei Road, Jalan Besar, Rowell Road, Serangoon Road, Belilios Road, Kerbau Road, Chander Road, Rotan Road, Race Course Road and Buffalo Road. The area was first settled by Europeans in the 1840s, but the cattle trade carried out in the area soon attracted Indian workers to move there. By the 1880s, the area had become an Indian enclave with businesses subsequently set up to cater to the new clientele. Little India remains an important area for the Indian community with culturally important landmarks such as the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple and the Tekka Market located there. It is also an area that is popular with the tourists.