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Address: Crot | Trengganu, Singapore, Singapore
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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For a fascinating peek into Singapore’s Chinese culture and history,...

For a fascinating peek into Singapore’s Chinese culture and history, Chinatown is good place to start. Here, you’ll enjoy a mix of heritage visits to museums, shopping as well as a good variety of food options, sure to leave a traveller happy and satisfied at the end of the day.

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Souvenir shopping and local food galore…

I recommend this as place to go for souvenir shopping... Walked along Temple Street and Pagada street and managed to grab a bagful of souvenirs for my friends and colleagues... read more

Reviewed 28 September 2011
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 6 October 2011

After much persuasion my husband finally agreed to take the MRT into Chinatown to see what this beautiful part of Singapore has to offer. The last time I had visited Singapore 20+ years I had the best time in Chinatown. From the moment the escalator took us to the street level my husband's first words that came out of his... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 28 September 2011

I recommend this as place to go for souvenir shopping... Walked along Temple Street and Pagada street and managed to grab a bagful of souvenirs for my friends and colleagues. Another great place to check out is the Chinatown Market on the 2nd floor which I chanced upon. It is a food centre with plenty of yummy local food. This... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2011

Words cannot describe this place. Food, bargains, lights and more bargains. If you are going to Singapore .. don't miss the experience. Best time is about an hour after nightfall. If the little old Chinese busker is playing his two string instrument on the corner in the middle of the markets, take the time to listen to him and give... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 24 September 2011

We went to Chinatown 3 times in a week. First time during the day to look around and buy some souviners (yes they have lots of cheap stuff as well as some quality items), and walk thru the temples. Second time at night to walk amongst all the market stalls - they seem different at night - and to eat.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2011

The place is nothing great and it is just a street with some Chinese lanterns burning and some shops on display. Really did not do much to impress. The place is kinda full with tourist traps. Beware that when you eat in the Chinese restaurants they will keep peanuts and wet towels on your table without you asking or ordering... More 

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Reviewed 22 September 2011

I was soooooo peeved when I walked in to Chinatown and the first thing I saw was the bag I'd bought in Little India only 48 hours before - for HALF the price I paid. SO SO mad!! GRRR! I loved Chinatown though, I got a whole bunch of souvenirs, tried some good food and saw the beautiful temple at... More 

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Caloundra, Australia
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Reviewed 20 September 2011

We visited Chinatown during Chinese New Year, so it was absolutely crowded. We didn't particularly enjoy our visit (especially when compared to other areas such as Little India and Kampong Glam). I think it would have been better if we needed to seek out a meal while we were there, or if we knew to look for things like the... More 

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Reviewed 19 September 2011

This is Singapore, so everything is easy - you come up the escalator in Chinatown MRT station (take the Pagoda Street exit) and you are right in the heart of Chinatown. Mornings are quieter if that's what you like, but the hustle and bustle of afternoons and evenings really gives you a taste of the place. The market is great... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 30 August 2011

I bought a camera from ''Amazon Camera's & Electronics'' in ChinaTown in Singapore and the sales person David Lim completely ripped me off. He assured me his price was good market related being SG$500, but after I left I found out he had completely ripped me off. He was completely taking advantage of me being a tourist. The standard price... More 

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 26 August 2011

We visited Chinatown for a few after a trip to Sentosa's Universal studios. We arrived into Chinatown around 4pm and it was pouring down with rain , but it didnt hinder us as the shop houses were all fairly sheltered. If you are looking for anything to do with Chinese culture from chinese food to books to Chinese medicine to... More 

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Chinatown is a classic combination of colourful 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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