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Chinatown Heritage Centre
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$19.98*
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Singapore Self-Guided Audio Tour
Ranked #23 of 826 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 February 23, 2014 via mobile

Located very near Chinatown MRT (only 2-3min walk), it is a hidden gem. Actually not that hidden, we found it quite easily. Entrance was SGD10 for adult and SGD6 for kids. Quite a small place, thankfully fully air conditioned so time for us to cool off. Three levels of interesting stuff for us to go through. One got to see it to understand what the earlier generation went thru. All in all, highly recommended. Displays come with explanation in both Chinese and English. After that, we went for superb dimsum at Yum Cha (literally drink tea in Cantonese, aka tea time) restaurant. Yummy!!!

Thank Popopo1976
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

It was good to have an English description of the displays in the museum. It was well laid out and easy to go through. The displays showed the early history's of Chinese in Singapore. It how a house would be set out. Well worth a visit.

Thank Kerog
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Reviewed February 11, 2014

stop by here if you are in chinatown to leanr a little about what happened when the chinese got to singapore and how they went about their lives. the good and the bad. i found it to be quite interiesting.

Thank benjaminmelb
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Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

An easy to miss gem in amongst the hustle and bustle of Chinatown. Small entry fee but worthwhile for the volume of info you get as well as the well laid out route, ending in the traditional shophouses. Well thought out and beautifully laid out. Recommended.

Thank Jdean27
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Reviewed January 19, 2014

It a small museum about the early straggle of Chinese immigrant in Singapore, the museum is equip with few short video, personal belonging, artifact and props. It nice but i will recommend to visit the national museum instead with the same 10 sg dollar entrance fee.

Thank Tourbear
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