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“An interesting Heritage Centre” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Chinatown Heritage Centre

Chinatown Heritage Centre
48 Pagoda St., Singapore, Singapore
+65 6534 8942
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Ranked #34 of 279 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.
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“An interesting Heritage Centre”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

This heritage centre is located in the China Town and contains several floors. If you are those visitors who would like to learn about the life of early immigrant to Singapore, then it is a good place to visit as you will see a lot of items which in display are hard to find anywhere right now, from cookwares to sewing machines. The centre has also installed TV screen with videos so that you can learn more about each display section. A lot of visitors provided feedbacks that they are appreciated their current modern life after the visit.

Visited December 2012
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“Very interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Good way to spend an hour or two when in Chinatown - the museum takes you through the history of the immigrants when they settled in Singapore and the conditions they endured. Some fascinating reconstructions of living quarters and conditions. S$10 entry fee.

Visited April 2013
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“Chinatown as a living experience and not just tourism”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Singapore's Chinatown is clearly a tourist attraction but it still has many residents and a local community. Amongst the many shops selling tourist rubbish and restaurants, it is easy to miss this great exhibition about the origins and the conditions of people living here in the 19th and early 20th century. Three typical houses have been knocked into one to make a very interesting display of living and working conditions in the area. Do stop here for a while it is much more interesting inside than you might guess from the outside and well worth the $10 SGD admission.

Visited April 2013
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“Nice place”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Nice place to visit. you will be provided with some historical information how the Chinese came to Sg...

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“An excellent insight to early Singapore”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

This is without doubt the best exhibition of early Chinese migration we have ever seen. Housed in adjoining "Shop Houses" the display is well organised and follows a natural progression that is easy to appreciate. The interactive displays are first class and the filmed displays were particularly good. Having lived in Singapore in the 60's I found the visit most enjoyable, the exhibits relating to that period were like being there all over again.

Visited February 2013
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