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Chinatown Heritage Centre

48 Pagoda St., Singapore, Singapore
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Ranked #43 of 314 attractions in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: Specialty Museums
Description: This museum focuses on the history of Singapore's Chinatown.
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Singapore, Singapore
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160 reviews 160 reviews
91 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Most people whizz through in a few minutes – I spent a happy hour reading every label and trying to imagine how the former residents felt and coped living in such cramped conditions …. A little shabby and not all the video displays worked but very atmospheric. It was also interesting to peer through the shutters at the modern bustling... More

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39 reviews 39 reviews
30 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

The building is hard to find with no outstanding street signage. If you aren't interested in history or how people lived this isn't the place for you. It has good information in English and some good set-ups of the living arrangements of the Chinese population in early Singapore. It's quite well aid out, sets the atmosphere well and naturally leads... More

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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

This is a place with tremendous atmosphere - the thought of whole families living in those minute cubicles was amazing, and the stories of some of the residents of shophouses in the past was deeply thought-provoking. I wouldn't want to find this museum radically changed next time I visit Singapore, but what it badly needs is better signage and (even... More

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100 reviews 100 reviews
23 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014 via mobile

If you are not interested in history you will be bored. If you are interested in history you feel significant lack of information.

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San Francisco, CA
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93 reviews 93 reviews
38 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

This "museum" doesn't look promising from the outside and we visited it because it was "free" with our 2 day City sightseeing pass. However, it was great--some very interesting displays, lots of good information in English and Chinese about the history of Chinese in Singapore, and a design that channels one easily through the past and present. After you visit,... More

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Canberra, Australia
18 reviews 18 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

It is a little hard to find from the street as there are no obvious signs but once found it is a very atmospheric recreation of the early life of Chinese immigrants in Singapore. Being in an authentic building helps and is especially poignant when you realise it used to be an opium den. You get a very clear picture... More

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Lymington, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

This place was interesting but it felt as though it needed updating. It probably hasn't changed since it opened. It was 10 dollars each to get in and it was probably worth it! Some of the exhibits were interesting and showed how the migrants lived in cramped spaces! It just felt under utilised!

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Hamilton, New Zealand
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

I like history but found the wander around the steep staircases of the museum to be pretty boring in general. If you have a passion for Singaporean culture then do visit, otherwise save yourself $10.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

If you're interested in understanding the Chinese aspect of the culture of Singapore then this place is for you! There's a lot to learn here and it perhaps isn't visited as much as it deserves to be! Some little bits are a bit naff but you won't leave without having learnt something!

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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Located very near Chinatown MRT (only 2-3min walk), it is a hidden gem. Actually not that hidden, we found it quite easily. Entrance was SGD10 for adult and SGD6 for kids. Quite a small place, thankfully fully air conditioned so time for us to cool off. Three levels of interesting stuff for us to go through. One got to see... More

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