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Unusual stalls and a haunted house at Geylang Serai's buzzing bazaar

Some 1,200 stalls are open at this year's Hari Raya market, more than last year's 800, with many selling novel items not found previously

Published on Jul 13, 2014 4:13 PM
 

It is 9pm on a Sunday. A snaking queue has formed outside Soulhunterz Haunted House, which is shrouded in a piece of black tarpaulin marked with spray paint.

An employee with a loudhailer calls out to passers-by, promising supernatural mysteries. Appropriately eerie music is playing and, occasionally, a scream can be heard from inside the house.

The setting is not a fun fair but the annual Hari Raya bazaar that has been held in Geylang Serai during the month of Ramadan since the 1970s.

This year's bazaar, which started on June 29, will close on July 27. Muslims will celebrate Hari Raya Puasa the next day.

 
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STALLS TO CHECK OUT

SOULHUNTERZ HAUNTED HOUSE

What: Haunted house

Where: Stall Nos. D213-216 in the Singapore Post Centre section, next to Block 417 Eunos Road 5

How much: $7 per entry

When: 8.30 to 11pm on weekdays, till midnight or 1am on weekends

MAMA COCONUT

What: Coconut ice cream and drinks

Where: Stall No. 3 in the former Malay Village section, near Engku Aman Road

How much: $4 for ice cream, $3 for smoothies

When: 3pm to midnight or 1am daily

CHUBBY CHURROS

What: Churros and frappes

Where: Stall No. 5 in the Singapore Post Centre section, next to the MRT tracks

How much: $4.50 for churro bites

When: 7 to 11pm on weekdays, till midnight on weekends

TRULY ISLAMIC GALLERY

What: Islamic Chinese calligraphy and decorative works

Where: Stall Nos. 113 and 114 in the former Malay Village section

How much: $100 to $500, depending on size and medium

When: 11am to midnight on weekdays, till 1am on weekends

EZAH TRADITIONAL MASSAGE

What: Reflexology and ear candling

Where: Stall Nos. 47 and 48 in the Singapore Post Centre section, facing Sims Avenue

How much: Foot reflexology ranges from $12 for 20 minutes to $32 for 60 minutes. Ear candling costs $10

When: Noon to 11.30pm on weekdays, till 1am on weekends