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Chinatown Heritage Centre

48 Pagoda St., Singapore, Singapore
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Ranked #40 of 336 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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Brisbane, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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Singapore, null, Singapore
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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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Danville, Kentucky
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We ended up just stopping here to beat the heat for a little while, but ended up loving it! The museum only takes about an hour to go through, but it definitely holds your interest. We went around 11:30 on a Friday, and the place was practically empty! Most certainly worth the $10 entrance fee!

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Singapore, Singapore
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52 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Chinatown heritage center provides a unique experience and that is one of the few places where the urban redevelopment hasn’t taken place. The buildings and Shop houses brings you a classical feel in you and it’s an ideal place for shopping souvenir and great food in eat street

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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Tried the crab here for the first time recently. My partner and I ordered both pepper and chilli crabs. Pepper crab in particular was excellent. Friendly staff and a fixed price for the crab make this a great place to check out. We only ordered one dish each and found the service to be very good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

We didn't go into the museum but the restaurant out front is excellent! It may not be quite as cheap as a market meal but to enjoy excellent cuisine accompanied by a bottle of wine while watching the colourful parade of people passing by is an unforgettable experience. Our favourite - the smoked duck steak - melt in your mouth... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Went durig a visit to Chinatown. Its not the biggest musuem, but it gives an you a great look into the history of the area, with authentic possessions etc. of former residents. Might not be great for kids, as mostly just displays and information. Spent about an hour looking at everything. For the price (S$10) it is definitely worthwhile!

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Mansfield victoria Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

A truly unique heritage display in china town. Shows it as it was for the Chinese settlers in Singapore, with actual artefacts showing living,working,recreation and family life. This multi level centre is well worth a visit. I have now visited 3 times and what is more the restaurant over the road has great food, crabs in season, and cold beer... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I stumbled across this museum on a visit to Chinatown, so it was unexpected. The displays were informative and mostly well designed. Some of the technology was a little clunky, but I found the personal stories that were related via video projections to be quite moving. After the explanations of the history of Chinese immigration and culture in Singapore the... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I do not think this place is worth the $10 entrance fee. 1. Dark, hot and gloomy. 2. You can see the actual stuff in current day Chinatown! Why pay to see the mock up when you can see and taste the real thing? 3. Really small place. You may spend a long time if you read all the notice/info... More

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