Chinatown

Chinatown, Singapore: Hours, Address, Chinatown Reviews: 4/5

8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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Friday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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For a fascinating peek into Singapore’s Chinese culture and history, Chinatown is good place to start. Here, you’ll enjoy a mix of heritage visits to museums, shopping as well as a good variety of food options, sure to leave a traveller happy and satisfied at the end of the day.
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Michael
Woking, UK255 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
As every major city worldwide seems to have a Chinatown, this was just another one to tick off. I came here to look for keyrings, which were, on the most part, no cheaper than anywhere else, however I did grab 6 for $2SGD at a local shop which was a good deal. We also ate here, in the Hong Lim Market complex. The food was inexpensive however it was not very nice; just something for if you're on a budget and in a rush.
We didn't see anything special here so I would only recommend visiting the area if you happen to be passing by, otherwise it's not really a negative if you don't see it.
Written January 28, 2020
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Aussie
Perth, Australia40 contributions
Apr 2022
We go for the local foods on the 1st level of Chinatown market and durian along Smith street. There is plenty of China's Chinese food restaurant few lanes away was able to satisfied my wife craving for spicy foods.

We went there for Breakfast and lunch, while dinner is too crowded with locals.
Written April 18, 2022
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Terry
Singapore, Singapore14 contributions
Oct 2020
Whenever I have overseas visitors come to visit me, I bring them here. Good fun bustling atmosphere. They can pick up their cheap souvenirs and I often take them to a Chinese restaurant which is cheaper than say places like orchard road.
Written October 13, 2020
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TERRIES322
Mablethorpe, UK32 contributions
Feb 2020
We felt very unwelcome here, the people glared at us like they wanted to hurt us , those that did speak just wanted to charge us high prices for cheap goods. Also when out in the city avoid Chinese taxis because they will bring you to Chinatown and usher you into a shop where both the owner and the cab driver try to pressure you into buying. Not a good experience especially as my partner is totally blind and I'm in a wheelchair, I think that made them think we were easy targets.
Written March 23, 2020
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Anita N
Bandung5 contributions
Jan 2020
I like to go here everytime I go to Singapore, because it reminds me the beauty of tolerance. In here you can see Budha temples and Hindu temples all take place in same region. They live in peace. Kind of great scenery that sometimes failed to be seen in this complicated world.
Here you can go around on foot and taste several Singaporean cuisine in good price and also good taste for sure, such as carrot cake, singaporean chicken rice, roasted water chestnut (you can find near the Budha relic temple), many kinds of chinese sweets, and don't forget the Bee Cheng Hiang/Liem Chee Guan pork loins (but this is not Halal!).
Do come when the Chinese New Year celebration begin. I went here exactly on January 4, when they had Light On Celebration as the opening of their one month Chinese New Year celebration. There are big lanterns along the streets, chinese dance, lion dance, singers and of course stunning fireworks at the end. This celebration usually scheduled on Saturday, 3 weeks before the Chinese New Year.
Written January 10, 2020
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kim buay p
Singapore, Singapore11,016 contributions
Mar 2020
Just by focusing on Pogoda Street, Temple street and Smith Street which are parallel to one another and Tregganu which links these three streets, one can enjoy a simple tour of Chinatown. Of course with more time, it is recommended to explore Ann Siang Hill which leads to the famous Telok Ayer Street.
A good start is to exit Chinatown mrt station and walk along Pogoda Street. Places of interest here includes Chinatown Heritage Centre (admission fees apply) and the oldest Hindu Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple at the end of Pogoda Street. Pogoda Street was named after this Hindu temple as the temple's entrance tower-the Gopuram-resembed a Pogoda. Another National monument nearby at South Bridge road is the Jamae Mosque (an Indian Muslim mosque). There is a Chinatown information board at 37 Pogoda street-A Coolie Station.
After that a walk down Temple street will introduce one to the many Yip Yew Chong's mural depicting lives in Singapore in the earlier period of 60s and 70s. The mural at the junction of Temple street and South Bridge road depicts a wayang scene which served as a form of free entertainment. Temple Street was named after the Sri Marimman Temple. There are a few shops here selling a very wide range of Chinaware and cooking utensils
Written March 4, 2020
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MusicMan42
Glen Allen, VA221 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
For those interested in authentic Chinese cuisine as well as shopping for bargains, this is a good place to spend 2 to 4 hours. Six of us had a great lunch at a local restaurant and then went shopping. There are hundreds of storefronts offering a great variety of Chinese oriented merchandise from clothing to art to souvenirs along with jewelry for those interested. Although the area was crowded with shoppers and tourists, we didn’t feel uncomfortable moving from place to place. Do be careful as in any crowded tourist area of pickpockets! Overall, a fun experience.
Written March 13, 2020
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Jilly T
Crawley, UK75 contributions
Jan 2020
Busy, vibrant and buzzing with all kinds of stalls and food. We visited in the evening the week before Chinese New Year and it was extremely crowded. I guess it might be a little more comfortable at quieter times!
Written January 26, 2020
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Bob H
Preston, UK157 contributions
Jan 2020
The walking tour turned out to be a great way to see and gain an understanding of Chinatown.
The tour comes as part of a package if you buy a multi day pass on the hop on hop off bus.
we used this for all our stave's around Singapore.
Written January 31, 2020
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Yaron M
London, UK2,239 contributions
Jan 2020
China town extends to several streets, with numerous stalls which sells all kinds of food and arts. There is one street dedicated to food only and there were various place to try all sorts of food and drinks. There was a general feel good atmosphere all round. There are signs around warning to be careful from pickpockets, keep your valuables safe. We felt safe enough and general common sense safety should always be used wherever one travels. There are temples and museums here too and enough to keep a tourist busy for a good 2-3 hours.
Written January 6, 2020
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