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“Excellent insight into the history of Chinatown” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chinatown Heritage Centre

Chinatown Heritage Centre
48 Pagoda St., Singapore, Singapore
+65 6534 8942
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Ranked #42 of 346 Attractions in Singapore
Type: Museums
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Owner description: 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.
Canberra, Australia
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“Excellent insight into the history of Chinatown”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

This is such an interesting museum! Set in busy Pagoda Street it would be easy to wander past and miss it. The recreation of the living conditions of the residents of these shophouses, and their personal stories was such an insight and made it a very moving experience. I recommend this museum to anyone who wishes to gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of this area of Singapore.

Visited October 2012
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“Great museum well worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Brilliant museum and very educational to learn more about the Chinese heritage. Set in the heart of Chinatown. Lovely staff. Very moving in parts especially to see how they lived and coped in the most cramped spaces. Very well done indeed and gives you an eye into a different world and time.

Visited October 2012
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Manama, Bahrain
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“Really a must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

For anyone wishing to get an insight into how Singapore came about and who the early settlers were and how they lived, must visit the Heritage Centre. It is extremely well conceived and promotes a very emotive environment within the old shop houses from which it has been created. The composition of the exhibts is very good and the complete story of early Singapore is nicely presented.

Visited September 2012
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Educational &fascinating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

A wonderful afternoon spent learning about Chinese settlement in Singapore. I came away feeling like I wanted to know more. The displays told the stories of Chinese/Singaporeans beautifully. Following the journey from their need to leave China to make a living and support their families, to the challenges they faced being in a new country with so many different cultures, you really get a sense of a different time and place.

I was amazed at the replica cubicles that showed how people used to live. Seeing is definitely believing. Highly recommend it - worth the $10SGD. FYI - it is hot inside the Centre.

Visited November 2012
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“Wonderful History Lesson”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Right in the heart of Chinatown. Wonderful pictures and history of Singapore and Chinatown. Make sure you grab a cold Tiger beer at the restaurant before starting your amazing shopping experience.

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