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“Great museum well worth a visit”

Chinatown Heritage Centre
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Singapore Self-Guided Audio Tour
Ranked #25 of 822 things to do in Singapore
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Owner description: 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.
Lightwater, Surrey
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183 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Great museum well worth a visit”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

Brilliant museum and very educational to learn more about the Chinese heritage. Set in the heart of Chinatown. Lovely staff. Very moving in parts especially to see how they lived and coped in the most cramped spaces. Very well done indeed and gives you an eye into a different world and time.

Visited October 2012
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Sunshine Coast, Australia
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110 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Really a must see”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

For anyone wishing to get an insight into how Singapore came about and who the early settlers were and how they lived, must visit the Heritage Centre. It is extremely well conceived and promotes a very emotive environment within the old shop houses from which it has been created. The composition of the exhibts is very good and the complete story of early Singapore is nicely presented.

Visited September 2012
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
95 reviews
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“Educational &fascinating”
Reviewed November 4, 2012

A wonderful afternoon spent learning about Chinese settlement in Singapore. I came away feeling like I wanted to know more. The displays told the stories of Chinese/Singaporeans beautifully. Following the journey from their need to leave China to make a living and support their families, to the challenges they faced being in a new country with so many different cultures, you really get a sense of a different time and place.

I was amazed at the replica cubicles that showed how people used to live. Seeing is definitely believing. Highly recommend it - worth the $10SGD. FYI - it is hot inside the Centre.

Visited November 2012
Thank Lisa H
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Oslo, Norway
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Wonderful History Lesson”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

Right in the heart of Chinatown. Wonderful pictures and history of Singapore and Chinatown. Make sure you grab a cold Tiger beer at the restaurant before starting your amazing shopping experience.

Thank melzyr
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Adelaide, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
37 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“OK...but something missing this time”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

I think this visit to the area was overshadowed by having to use the public toilets and finding what would have been the most horrendous toilets Ive ever had to use in my life.
We had previously been here and it has more vibe and feeling to the area. This time it was a little lacking.

Visited January 2012
Thank Jaydee1803
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