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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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Description: 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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good for shopping for gifts. Watch for touts . Barter as paid far too much for shirts. some excellent stores especially a camera shop where I was helped with a problem. My husband... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 10, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

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 June 10, 2015

good for shopping for gifts. Watch for touts . Barter as paid far too much for shirts. some excellent stores especially a camera shop where I was helped with a problem. My husband also saw a very nice watch in same shop and was very happy with his purchase

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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

The heritage are close for renovations and will be reopen the second half of 2015 when we went there.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I was staying in chinatown and was interested in visiting the centre but found that it was not open and won't be until later this year

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Heritage Centre, 48 Pagoda Road is actually closed until April 2015, but is used as the starting point for a very good FREE walking tour which we found advertised in the HiPPO brochure. The tour of Chinatown runs on Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 2.30 to 5pm. It is free but you can give a tip at the end (but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This was a pleasant throwback and tribute to our Chinese ancestors who worked so hard to eke a living in their chosen country. I was transported to my grandmother's digs in that bygone era. Great memories!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 via mobile

my husband and I would have liked to have gone but it was closed for renovations and reopening some time in 2015.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

This place will help you understand why Singapore is the way it is today. Why the people are so proud about their nation. Why everything is so clean and orderly. After 7 days of seeing all the glitz and glamour of Singapore, we walked into the heritage center in Chinatown, What we saw there was a recreation of the life... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

This place is closed for renovation until some time in 2015. But you can still get a taste of Chinatown by walking down Pagoda street and soaking up the atmosphere.

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Address: Address: 48 Pagoda St., Singapore, Singapore
Phone Number: +65 6534 8942
Location: Asia  >  Singapore  >  Singapore>  > Chinatown

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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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