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Chinatown Heritage Centre

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Address: 48 Pagoda St., Singapore, Singapore
Phone Number: +65 6534 8942
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The colourful past of Chinatown comes alive within the walls of these...

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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A very interesting 'museum' depicting life in early Singapore.

When in Chinatown you won't be disappointed if you visit this attraction. It is in Pagoda St almost opposite the Chinatown Seafood restaurant where you will probably choose to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Apparently very good. Some of the website links advised this was open and even hotel concierge also said it was. Regrettably on arriving the centre is closed till end 2015.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is located At Chinatown MRT ST exit A. It's only 1 mins walk from the exit. I find its too small.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Anyone visiting Singapore must go to Chinatown. Between the great antique shopping, fantastic food and amazing atmosphere - you could almost - almost think you are in China.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

worth walking around, the streets around and short and narrow and gives you a feel like you are in china. best and cheap chilli carb in town. the taste and rates here is much better than clarke quay.

Thank neviljose
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

When in Chinatown you won't be disappointed if you visit this attraction. It is in Pagoda St almost opposite the Chinatown Seafood restaurant where you will probably choose to enjoy a refreshing bottle of Tiger beer! There is an entrance fee.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This place was closed for refurbishment just like the National Museum and the Battle Box. Finding things that are closed has now become the family holiday competition. Actually it's quite easy because as long as the venue is not a shop or restaurant it's almost bound to be closed or have some part closed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Very near to SMRT Chinatown, this is a small shop having all the old historic items. You may like to purchage some entique items or souvenier

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

A very small shop house that houses lots of old historic items that were used by the pioneers when they first came to Singapore from China. Sam Swee women, Coolies... you name it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

The Chinatown Heritage Center is just a short walk from the MRT Chinatown Station. It is located along the busy Pagoda street and surrounded by different shops. It is worth a few minutes of your time since you can combine a quick visit here with your shopping.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

This area is definitely worth a trip during the day. Walking around this area there are many things to see and enjoy.

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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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