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Chinatown Heritage Centre

48 Pagoda Street, Singapore 059207, Singapore
+65 6224 3928
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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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48 Pagoda Street, Singapore 059207, Singapore
Chinatown
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+65 6224 3928
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Reviewed yesterday

The Chinatown Heritage Centre is definitely worth a visit, especially if you are in the area. The museum traces the path of Singapore's Chinese pioneers. The displays give a good understanding of the lives of Chinatown's early residents through to the modern era. The historical...More

Thank Paul S
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Reviewed 6 days ago

A great place to visit, not just for a tour bus stop but to spend a couple of hours at least. This is part of the old heart of Singapore and it is beating as well as ever in the past Take your money because...More

Thank Bill G
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This fantastic centre should be on every visitor to Singapore's must-do list. The excellent audio tour apparatus help give the visitor a closer glimpse with sight and sound to Singapore's history.

Thank Ian B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I wanted to "find" the true meaning of Chinatown and luckily we hear about the Heritage Centre. It is well worth a visit and was a true eye opener, as to the life of the early Chinese. If you wanted, you could...More

Thank concettaholmes
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this museum after a walking tour of Chinatown. It was a terrific way to round out our knowledge of the area and see how the early Chinese lived and learn the reasons they came to Singapore.. The exhibits were of high quality and...More

Thank Andrea C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wish I'd planned more time here, its a very well organised museum and well worth the entry fee. You get a headset included that makes the difference to the experience (otherwise you are just walking though an old house!) Learnt a heck of a lot...More

Thank TinoBest
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Chinatown Heritage Centre is located in a lane of Chinatown packed with street vendors selling all kinds of merchandise and souvenirs. Not all of them Chinese but a good many vendors are of Indian origin. There's an Indian temple close by and makes it...More

Thank Arrjun
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Chinatown is a top tour. There is lots to see and certainly not the classic in your face markets you'd expect in the rest of Asia. Some of the restaurants are real gems.

Thank Anth B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must see to understand the history & culture of the Singapore Chinese and their hard working and resilient attitude even today. Need a good 1.5-2.5 hours - Great Value

Thank B350DRjob
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pretty accurate and authentic representation of Singapore in the early years. it was a pretty nostalgic feeling seeing some of the items on displays. Well worth a visit.

Thank Jwpgoh
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article i was refering to written by a spanish reviewer re ‘Overcrowded...’wrongly placed!
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I know it's already answered, I just wanted to say it's well worth the money, fascinating museum.
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