Does tourism chase the living culture? Singapore’s Kampong Glam and Geylang Serai

Argent, Rachel, Azzali, Simona, Law, Lisa, and Seow, Margaret (2023) Does tourism chase the living culture? Singapore’s Kampong Glam and Geylang Serai. Town Planning Review, 95 (2). pp. 117-125.

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This research note explores what happens to tourism in heritage places when a cultural community relocates due to the encroachment of tourism--spawning the development of another cultural ‘heart’. Does the tourism industry stay in place, or does it eventually follow the living culture? Our analysis focuses on the main streets of Kampong Glam and Geylang Serai in Singapore, two centres of Malay culture. We compiled secondary data with observational techniques to explore if tourism has moved from the packaged experience of Kampong Glam to the everyday landscapes of Geylang Serai, thus following the living culture. We suggest that models of tourist district life cycles could be extended to add a new category: relocation.

Item ID: 81596
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1478-341X
Keywords: Singapore, living culture, tourism, heritage districts, Geylang Serai, Kampong Glam
Copyright Information: © 2024 Liverpool University Press.
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2024 05:23
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4406 Human geography > 440608 Recreation, leisure and tourism geography @ 50%
33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3304 Urban and regional planning > 330410 Urban analysis and development @ 50%
SEO Codes: 11 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 1104 Tourism services > 110499 Tourism services not elsewhere classified @ 40%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1304 Heritage > 130405 Conserving the historic environment @ 20%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1399 Other culture and society > 139999 Other culture and society not elsewhere classified @ 40%
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