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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 2 days ago via mobile

Really well set up museum to spend 60-90 mins in - audio tour and simple way of telling the story is good. Good value as well. Combine with a trip to the hawker market,

Thank RMBC3
Reviewed 3 days ago

The China Heritage Centre does not seem very big from the outside, but it is very well and rather big inside. Really worth a visit: we learned a lot about the life of ordinary (Chinese) Singaporeans in earlier years. Plenty of interesting history and tales....More

Thank MundoSimpatico
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are interested in history and how people in Chinatown lived in the 1950s, don't miss this heritage centre. It is all very well presented (including sensory experiences). We took the tour which we enjoyed also the tour guide's own family stories of those...More

1  Thank castor a
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Heritage Centre in China Town recreates a typical shophouse and really helps you to understand what life was like for Chinese immigrants to Singapore. It tells the history in a very accessible way . It was fascinating. The staff are welcoming and really want...More

Thank hmnSurreyUK
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In around an hour or so you gain a great insight into life in Chinatown 60 years ago and the problems faced by Chinese immigrants over the years. The set up is very similar to the Tenement Museum in New York. The audio guide was...More

Thank YorkshireHatters
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a wonderful place to visit. The way in which the information is presented is totally absorbing and the Audi descriptions on the headsets are entertaining and informative at the same time. It is well worth the money; I certainly came out much better...More

Thank Ros T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were recommended to visit by other travelers and we are pleased we did. A very informative museum with so much information. The headphone sets were great with the screen display also. The rooms were all very interesting to see and I came away with...More

Thank chmalu
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You cannot loose this museum. Just in the heart of Chinatown. It is well set up, an audio guide tour tells you everything about Chinese immigration.

Thank Domy S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stumbled on this at China Town. It was nice to be in air con, Not stroller friendly, Get the headphones, to learn about each room. Only thing I found I wasnt a fan of, was the talk went too long and I got a...More

Thank Danni F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum was not on my itinerary but I definitely do not regret visiting this museum. The museum is very informative and you can easily spend a good 2-3hrs in here, an excellent place to get out of the heat as well! You are provided...More

Thank luluxlam
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.
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Only SGD15 with the audio guide
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