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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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Covers Chinese Immigration In Singapore

I visited Singapore on business in June 2016. The Chinatown Heritage Center is well worth a visit although the entrance fee is a bit high. It covers the history of Chinese... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I visited Singapore on business in June 2016. The Chinatown Heritage Center is well worth a visit although the entrance fee is a bit high. It covers the history of Chinese immigration to Singapore. There are replicas of sweat shops and cramped apartments where Chinese immigrants lived. If you have time I recommend a visit. The air conditioning to escape... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We loved this place. The admission price provides you with self guided tours of levels 1 and 2. Level 3 has lots of information in English. One hour here (you will probably stay longer) will provide you with a very informative and memorable visit to Chinatown. There is clearly a lot of thought has gone into the way the Center... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

In the center of Chinatown in a former shophouse you will discover the tough life of chinese emigrants at the begining of the previous century. A tailor shop (which was also his house), the small cubicles in which were leaving coolies and families (sometimes up to 8 people). It is very well explained and presented and after this you have... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Tucked away on Pagoda Street in Singapore's Chinatown it is easy to miss the plain entrance to this gem of a museum. The museum tells the story of how ordinary people lived in Chinatown at the end of the 19th century and early 20th. It is spread across several adjoining shop-houses above the market street so it is much bigger... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This place was unbelievable! We spent hours inside, using the audio tour, and enjoyed every part of the centre. It was large and detailed, carefully put together, interactive, and excellently curated. A must see if visiting China Town.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This newly opened museum is interesting and has a vast array of items on display. It occupies a few floors and each floor has it's own story and history. It is fun and each item has enough information. We enjoyed it.

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Beverley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fairly new museum on Pagoda Street in Chinatown but one that recreates the life and tough living conditions of shophouse tenants in the 1950's. A museum to make you think!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place, extremely well done and arranged! We felt like going back in time and it really helped to understand the basis of the modern Singapore people! Recommended!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Give yourself plenty of time to see this place a lot of detail has gone in to give you an insight into the living conditions and lives of early settlers in Singapore.I used the audio guide and found it helpful.Very educational for older children.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place to learn about China and Chinese history very informative!! They are extremely helpful and if you get lost they are the place to tell you how to get to places

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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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