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“Great little museum”

Chinatown Heritage Centre
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$19.99*
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Singapore Self-Guided Audio Tour
Ranked #18 of 879 things to do in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed March 6, 2013

The admission was SG$10 per adult. We entirely enjoyed our time in this little museum which is in the middle of Chinatown. Very interesting stories from early Chinese settlers. Makes you realize how much Singapore has changed in past 50 years.

Thank Janulik
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

So few places genuine places left in Singapore, the heritage center give you a very clear picture of the hardship people had arriving in Singapore 100 years ago.

Thank Bitte_von
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

I used to bring all my visitors here to try the chilli crab as its really flavoursome but not too spicy, but now I go there with my local friends too since its so good. I love to sit on the outside tables with my $6 beer and people watch the tourists mingling with the locals. Try 'There's something Indian about Singpore' their version of a prawn cocktail but with a twist. If you make friends with the staff they might let you ring the big bell!

Thank SingaporeTraveller21
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

If you come to Singapore now, you see a top developed city with all luxuries and excellent infrastructure. Was not always like that, and the heritage centre gives you a first hand impression of the hardships of several decades ago. We always take our visitors from overseas to make them appreciate even more the progress of this city.

Thank SunriseSki
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

We combined this with our Baba House visit, though we needed a taxi between them in the monsoon conditions. This is a museum of stories and artefacts detailing the harsh conditions which faced incoming Chinese migrants largely in 19th and even 20th centuries. The story boards are very evocative and the cell-like nature of the accommodation is in stark contrast to the Baba House. You can almost smell how awful it must have been. Then again out you come afterwards into prosperous Singapore and it is a bit of an emotional roller-coaster! So interesting in the 21st century.

Thank HelensburghMaureen
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