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Chinatown Heritage Centre

48 Pagoda St., Singapore, Singapore
+65 6534 8942
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Ranked #42 of 346 Attractions in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Museums
Owner description: The colourful past of Chinatown comes alive within the walls of these three beautifully-restored shophouses on Pagoda Street, comfortably nestled in... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Great history of the China town as it was established in Singapore. The migration, the merchants and way people lived. It is scheduled for upgrades, so it may be closed for a while.

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

If you're interested in learning about the history of Singapore - and especially the role of Chinese immigrants in Singapore. My husband and I were interested - and we learned a lot. BTW - it's free. No admission charge. So I'm not sure what people who are talking about admission charges are talking about.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Historic and quaint- well worth a visit to the China Town Museum. I knew nothing of the history of Chinese migrants to Singapore and it was fascinating to learn what life was like for them. It was also a welcome relief to get out of the heat. We got 10% off the $20 price with our hop on hop off... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This is in 3 shophouses in Chinatown. It is very informative. Our kids were amazed at the living conditions and learned a lot. Sadly, the centre was closing for renovation. Hopefully when it reopens it won't be too sterile and modernised. It was great as it was.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Cleaner and not so hot anymore. Like to shops here. The food are delicious, and tasty. Try the roasted duck rice for 5 SGD.

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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The heritage centre is located within china town and depicts the history of china town in singapore. It has some great exhibits. My favourites were the replica homes within the building. They really showed how people lived years ago. The units were true to size and filled as they would have been. The stories of the actual people who had... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

While exploring China Town we came across this museum and were pleasantly surprised. The displays gave a good idea of how China Town developed. Well worth a visit.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I found this very interesting and bought quite a number of books on Singapores Chinese heritage as well as some lovely souvenirs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Went to the Food Street and there are a huge crowd waiting to grab some foods. So many stalls selling items you can bring home as a souvenirs but I didn't manage to buy any. I was here during the night and it was crowded in my opinion.

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Macau, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Nice little museum in the heart of Chinatown telling the story of the Chinese immigrants who now form such a large part of Singaporian Society. The kids (and us) were fascinated walking through the second half of the museum which had been turned into a chophouse back in the 1940/50s, it was amazing to see how people lived, in such... More

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