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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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Great boutique museum

This place takes some time to adjust to, but it has a unique and interesting way to convey life in the China Town neighborhood back in the days. A lot of thought and detail have... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place takes some time to adjust to, but it has a unique and interesting way to convey life in the China Town neighborhood back in the days. A lot of thought and detail have been put to this place and a lot of information is available. If you find the subject of Chinese immigration to Singapore interesting, allow 1.5-2... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A very insightful trip back into the old Singapore to see and "experience" the Chinese way of life when they came over to Singapore. Structuring the centre in the way life would have been back then is a good idea and an easy way of showing visitors what life was life. I like the small touches that the Centre added... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Chinatown is a must for any tourist in Singapore, but rather than wander blindly around, start at the Chinatown Heritage Centre and learn about the history of the Chinese in Singapore and about some of the landmarks you will see as you go around Chinatown. The Chinatown Heritage Centre is on Pagoda Street, which is at the epicentre of Chinatown,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Spend 2 hrs there! The audio guide explain well, It's really a must see if you want to know the history of china town in singapore

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I did the guided tour with Clinton...he was very interesting and informative, with a good sense of humour. Despite having lived in Singapore for a couple of years now, I still learnt lots more about Chinatown, and it was fascinating to actually see the conditions which the people lived in...can highly recommend this tour

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth a visit. $10 entrance with audio and extra for guided tour. Information plaques in abundance - amazing how so many people coped in such cramped and basic conditions It is very busy and the passageways are narrow - although the place is not good for wheelchairs there are elevators for folks with mobility problems

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This centre has recently been done up (it seems the last couple of years that has been the case for lots of places in Singapore - things don't stand still). It;'s a real eye opener about the circumstances in which Chinese people used to live. Very well presented and great for children from what we observed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited Chinatown and came across the Heritage Centre by accident. Anyway, expecting a simple place with photos of 'old Singapore' and a few knick knacks; instead I found a quaint and charming set up of what it used to be like in the early days for the migrant workers to Singapore. Really interesting and if you wanted an in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stumbled upon this by accident whilst in Chinatown. Really glad we did. Learnt loads and the audio tour very helpful. Would recommend for adults and children.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An interesting walk through the early Chinese social history of Singapore. Our boys (7 and 10) were interested to see how ordinary people lived, and how cramped their accommodation was until very recently. Being able to walk through a shophouse like this put them right back to the late 1800s/early 1900s, and see how various people lived according to their... More 

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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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