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Chinatown Heritage Centre

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Address: 48 Pagoda Street, Singapore 059207, Singapore
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+65 6224 3928

The colourful past of Chinatown comes alive within the walls of these three...

The colourful past of Chinatown comes alive within the walls of these three beautifully-restored shophouses on Pagoda Street, comfortably nestled in the midst of Singapore's bustling Chinatown district.

Every nook and cranny in the Chinatown Heritage Centre pulsates with the memories of yesteryear, offering an experience like no other as one is transported to Chinatown in the budding years of Singapore's establishment as a seaport.

From the desperate hopefulness of the many "Sinkheh" (new migrants) - risking life and limb to embark on an arduous journey from the various Chinese provinces to the promised land of Singapore - to the raw, seedy and underground practices of gambling dens and secret societies, be prepared to experience a sense of nostalgia and sentimentality as you step into the pages of Chinatown's history.

The Chinatown Heritage Centre is the only place in Singapore that has recreated the original interiors of its shophouse tenants in the 1950s, offering visitors an honest, revealing glimpse into the lives of Chinatown's early residents.

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Fascinating Snapshot of Singapore's Chinese Heritage

The curators of this center have done an excellent job of creating an exhibit that makes the visitor feel he or she have stepped back in time through the progression of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The curators of this center have done an excellent job of creating an exhibit that makes the visitor feel he or she have stepped back in time through the progression of Singapore's Chinese heritage. Mutli-media presentations and authentic reproductions make for an engaging and educational tour. This is very nicely done and worth the time.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Business first. cultural pride after....that is the first impression from travellers. Not very Chinese, and shops are full of trifles...Not quite what a western traveller expects.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The place gathers the real "chinese face" of Singapore, what includes a noisy atmosphere in that silent and polite city. Good to eat, shop and enjoy just watching people move around or simple playing mahjong and doing other interesting things like "writing".... and all for a very, very good price !

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Allow a good 2 hours to get the most out of this excellent "museum" It is very well put together and is continuing to improve with lots more information coming to the guided audio tours. Singapore changes so quickly and was very different not so long ago. Very well priced and a must visit for anyone who enjoys the history... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were recommended this museum by the guide on our walking tour. We enjoyed it a lot. You are given a headset with commentary for various rooms which relate the life of early working immigrants to Singapore and their conditions living in chop houses. There are various items from the day on display. Well worth spending an hour or so... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I love Chinatown, there is so much going on and lots of stalls to look at and at night Smith Street is a great place to eat as the food stalls become alive

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very value for money with the guided tour. A true depiction of live of the Chinese Immigrants and their lives in Singapore. Brings back memories of my and my mum's childhood. Really strongly recommended.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited during short Singapore stay and was surprised about how good this place is. You can see the way they used to live as well as visit all the shops and stop over for a genuine Chinese meal, all at reasonable prices. Great way to spend a few hours browsing around.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were making our way through Chinatown passed all the various Chinese market shops and noticed the entrance to this museum. We found this quite by mistake. We were not disappointed. This museum shows what life would have been like for many living in chop houses in 19th Century. Each room is authentically presented with many items from the day... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to see the long mixed history of Chinatown in Singapore. Truly an eye opening experience of how life used to be and the contrast with modern Singapore

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Chinatown is a classic combination of colourful sights, enticing smells, and sometimes startling sounds. The precinct is unique, however, in its blending of religions and cultures. A Hindu temple, an Islamic mosque, and a Chinese Buddhist temple sit almost side by side. This sense of cultural harmony continues as you venture just outside of Chinatown to the nightlife areas of Club Street and Duxton Hill. There you’ll mingle with Singapore’s multicultural residents at the modern bars and restaurants dotting the bustling streets. An afternoon in and around Chinatown will leave you culturally enlightened, well fed, and loaded with souvenirs. In the evening, reward yourself with a well-deserved cocktail as the locals come out to play.
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