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Address: Crot | Trengganu, Singapore, Singapore
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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For a fascinating peek into Singapore’s Chinese culture and history,...

For a fascinating peek into Singapore’s Chinese culture and history, Chinatown is good place to start. Here, you’ll enjoy a mix of heritage visits to museums, shopping as well as a good variety of food options, sure to leave a traveller happy and satisfied at the end of the day.

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Chinese new year on its way.

We went for a quick look around, forgetting it was the build up the new year for the Singaporeans. Everyone was out on the Saturday night we went there, its was too much but the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Blackpool, United Kingdom

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went for a quick look around, forgetting it was the build up the new year for the Singaporeans. Everyone was out on the Saturday night we went there, its was too much but the mood was eclectic.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Nice and colorfull place. Kind and helpfull sales person. Dont forget to try to argue about the price down. You will find that you can save some money on each buy Many souvenirs at low prices. Same quality as in other places but price lower. Can find good traditional food. The are some signs to be aware of pickpoketing. In... More 

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Thank Yaakov S
Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I stayed in a hostel in Chinatown during the 2016 CHinese New Year, which was a pretty cool experience. Some limitations due to CNY closures, but a nice area central to the city and easily accessible by walking, transit, or MRT.

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Thank Kaitlyn E
Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Definitely not a 'must' see. If you have spare time check it out. Not overly cheap. Better at night when it is cooler.

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Thank Kim R
Montrose, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Used the metro to get to china town walked around for hours just taking the whole atmosphere in loved it no issues at all. The decorations where up for Chinese New Year - Year of the Monkey everything was great. Just browsing the food looked amazing and different

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A must-visit during your time in Singapore. I especially recommend the Chinatown Heritage Centre (I believe it's called), where you can witness the living conditions of the first Chinese settlers in Singapore. Also, there are so many cheap goodies here - including bags, snacks, souvenirs, you name it. There are several Hawker Centres in the area for filling, delicious, and... More 

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Thank Megan K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Take a morning stroll through Chinatown, it is as good as at night. Have a bowl of soup in Chinatown centre and visit the basement to see some live animals before they get cooked and enjoy the souvenir stalls in this buzzling area. Always fun

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Thank Tigerwoods100
edinburgh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Chinese new year celebrations had just begun so a visit to Chinatown was well times. We has an excellent value lunch and drink in the very centre and visited many of the local attraction's. Always an entertaining few hours in a bustling environment

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Thank philipsmith
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

great for bargins and the mrt is slap bang in the central of the market, great deals though you can also get great deals in bugis street as well, we had chilli crab here too as the food was fantastic

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I visited Chinatown whilst in Singapore recently and although it was chinese new year and there were an large amount of people in Chinatown, we had an amazing time shopping with great bargains. The restaurants were reasonably priced and offered great food.

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Chinatown is a classic combination of colorful 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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