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Chinatown Heritage Centre

48 Pagoda St., Singapore, Singapore
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Ranked #46 of 333 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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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

I decided to visit this museum on a rainy day. It took a little over an hour to go through everything. The first part of the museum was interesting but I preferred the second part, which showed the conditions of cubicle living. I was lucky to visit soon after they opened, as I was the only one there for the... More

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Yes Singapore has a past ! Showing and revealing the history of Singapore in the 18 and 19th century, the major impact of Chinese immigrants who suffered, struggled, and help to build the roots of this modern city state. Displays are authentic, and one can learn quite a lot about the life conditions at that time. Definitely worth a visit... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

This was an amazing museum located in the heart of Chinatown! It gave an insight to Singapore that isn't readily made available. Definitely worth a visit! The only downside is that if busy, can be hard to read the information.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Delicious food at very good prices. Take a seat facing the walkway to watch the world go by as you eat. And leave time for shopping at the many nearby stalls for anything Chinese - fans, chopsticks, kimonos and so on.

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