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Chinatown Heritage Centre

48 Pagoda St., Singapore, Singapore
65-6325-2878
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Ranked #42 of 338 Attractions in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Museums
Description: This museum focuses on the history of Singapore's Chinatown.
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Macau, China
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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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Wellington, New Zealand
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Totally loved it! The displays are extremely well presented - and contain personal accounts from people who were there. The exhibits are exceptional and give you a really good feel for how life might have been like.

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Rockhampton, Australia
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96 reviews 96 reviews
42 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Tucked away in Chinatown is this treasure of a museum. For SGD10 you can access two connected buildings, each with 3 floors of shop-houses, where Chinese immigrants plied their wares. Seeing tiny rooms where families of 10 people lived makes you appreciate the space modern homes have. Each room and shop house is decorated authentically, and gives an excellent glimpse... More

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Hong Kong, China
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Very similar to Temple street HK, not too much things to do. No surprise. I went there to buy chinese medication only. Nothing gets here.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

And while you are here, have a really good look around Chinatown in general and around every corner there is something interesting. Eat at a hawker centre, if you want some real local colour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

Info board, pics, documentary videos, sound effect etc enable u to relive the Chinese ancestors' life in singapura from multiple dimensions..

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Rajkot, India
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Quite good and place that may be visited , can be reached very easily , it self it is having a MRT station " China Town"

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Brisbane, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

we have traveled with Singapore stopover holiday and this is included in the package. it is very interesting to know the history and stories of what people experienced before and how Chinatown was built. there were few visitors so it is good if you would like to take more time to browse everything.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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27 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A really interesting museum. I liked the accounts from real people, as opposed to a researcher putting their findings across. The displays were good, lighting good, information fascinating. The mock up shop houses were amazing, you could imagine how awfully cramped and hot conditions were back then. Well worth a visit. Think the entrance fee was $10. Downside - the... More

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Singapore, null, Singapore
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15 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We like the display and photographs - very realistic. Many of the articles are things that our grand parents uses. This is probably the only place you could see how an old Chinatown shop house looked like in the 1950s. The other shop houses have retained their outward facade but their internals have been gutted out. Worth a visit.

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