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Chinatown Heritage Centre

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Address: 48 Pagoda Street, Singapore 059207, Singapore
Phone Number: +65 6224 3928

The colourful past of Chinatown comes alive within the walls of these three...

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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a taste from the individuals chinese life in singapore around the 60s. Its very authentic. you can see the lives they had and hear their stories. Suits also to the ones that not... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

a taste from the individuals chinese life in singapore around the 60s. Its very authentic. you can see the lives they had and hear their stories. Suits also to the ones that not usually love museums.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Don't walk past - walk in and be enriched by the experience of what chinatown was really like for Chinese migrants in the early/mid 20th century! You will see Chinatown differently afterwards! Incredible insights into the life of Chinese migrants and the recreation of the shopfront and living conditions is very confronting. It gives you a perspective into how difficult... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited this place unplanned, having been in the area to check out some temples and other parts of China town. The Centre is easy to find and after paying the entrance fee you get a set of headphones and a mobile device for your interactive tour - self paced. The first and second floor show life in the "old days"... More 

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This is most probably the most interesting tourist attraction in Singapore. There is so much information provided on the Chinese migration and/or travelling to work in Singapore and how the lived and survived. Being set in an old shop house, reality strikes as to the real living and survival conditions. There is so much information provided, but does not become... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've lost count of the amount of times I've visited china town when in Singapore. Amazingly I'd never thought to visit the heritage centre. I'm glad I did. Doing so opened up a whole new perspective on China town and the tough lives led by many of its early inhabitants. The heritage centre consists delightfully authentic displays complete with piped... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

just only few steps from exit A, mrt Chinatown. well design presentation and nice staffs. Located in the lifely market, old style buildings, cheap goods and must buy SG souvenirs shops.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While you are in Chinatown give some time to Chinatown heritage center you will enjoy with history and great status in different color having nice photo to remember It's appropriate at any time

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good decoration and logically set up make people who are interested in history can be easy to figure out and understand the life of ordinary people from decades ago

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were amazed at this attraction which gives the full story of the arrival of the Chinese in Singapore and their subsequent contribution to Singaporean society. The audio presentation was very informative as you walk through the rooms of the shop house. Don't leave this attraction to the end of your holiday, but rather, make it a priority.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I qas blown away with this place. I learned so much about Singapore that i never knew. On your visit to Chinatown stop by the heritage centre. Its air conditioned and really well done. Worth the $$$

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Chinatown is a classic combination of colorful sights, enticing smells, and sometimes startling sounds. The precinct is unique, however, in its blending of religions and cultures. A Hindu temple, an Islamic mosque, and a Chinese Buddhist temple sit almost side by side. This sense of cultural harmony continues as you venture just outside of Chinatown to the nightlife areas of Club Street and Duxton Hill. There you’ll mingle with Singapore’s multicultural residents at the modern bars and restaurants dotting the bustling streets. An afternoon in and around Chinatown will leave you culturally enlightened, well fed, and loaded with souvenirs. In the evening, reward yourself with a well-deserved cocktail as the locals come out to play.
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