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Chinatown Heritage Centre

48 Pagoda Street, Singapore 059207, Singapore
+65 6224 3928
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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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48 Pagoda Street, Singapore 059207, Singapore
+65 6224 3928
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We were told about this during our walking tour of Chinatown and decided to take an hour or so after the tour to have a look inside. There is a fee to enter but this includes a very good audio guide that takes you through...More

Thank Adrian T
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Unvarnished and amazing depiction of Chinese history in Singapore. Get the audio guide and allow yourself to be immersed in the lives of immigrants who lived in squalor and endured brutal working conditions, just to support their families in China. There is even a spooky...More

Thank gtangg
Reviewed 1 week ago

We came to the Chinatown Heritage Center because we got a discount with our Singapore city passes, and had very few expectations, but this far exceeded them all. We were greeted by friendly staff who gave us instructions and the audio guide that you need...More

Thank SuitcaseSixSarah
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Finally made it into the Chinatown Heritage Centre and were glad we did it. It gives a glimpse of life in old days when people were not so fortunate but in the lenses of many different people and professions. An eye opener for the children...More

Thank Jason C
Reviewed 1 week ago

I took the family here when they visited. You need to allow for around 1hr and are given headphones to accompany you whilst making your way through each section. The narative was very informative and gives a great insight to life in the old days...More

Thank Allison C
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was the only interesting thing i found in Chinatown. Excellent guide, air-conditioned and lots of information about the history of the area and the country. Don´t miss it.

Thank BrazilTraveller1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A well documented heritage of Chinatown and it's people. 3 floors of sights sounds and smells! Check out the opium den!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A visit to Chinatown Heritage Centre is a step back into the past. It tells you the personal stories of people who made Chinatown their homes and the conditions that they lived in. You will walk through how they worked and lived and also get...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were there when they first opened a few years ago and thought it was interesting, but now they have expanded and enriched their offerrings. This is a real worthwhile stop when touring Chinatown.

Thank Patrick L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Chinatown Heritage Centre is a must do when visiting Singapore if you like to learn about culture and the history of what makes Singapore so great. The centre is set over 3 floors, the first 2 tell the story of different groups of migrants,...More

Thank Darren_C_Thomas
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
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Response from CHC_Singapore | Property representative |
Hi Lovelava, Thank you for your interest in the Chinatown Heritage Centre. We're currently closed for renovations and will reopen in the second half of the year. Unfortunately, we won't be opened in time for your trip to... More