Chinatown Heritage Centre

Chinatown Heritage Centre, Singapore: Hours, Address, Chinatown Heritage Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

Chinatown Heritage Centre
4.5
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
About
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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Jacob E
Singapore, Singapore4 contributions
Jun 2021
This place has great information about the area. Although I've not really ventured a lot as a tourist I found this place very informative and I got to learn something new.
Written 2 June 2021
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Pruguy
Bensalem, PA738 contributions
Jan 2020
Well worth the stop. Great history lesson of the life of Chinese laborers who help establish Singapore. The living conditions were even worse than I had imagined. Plan on spending at least an hour.
Written 3 November 2020
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DoricWanderer
Ellon, UK74 contributions
Feb 2020
very well organized well worth a visit. Information you would not know about very interesting especially as our visit coincided with Chinese new year
Written 4 October 2020
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ScottinSingapore
Edinburgh, UK196 contributions
Jul 2020
one of the best destination visitor centres in Singapore. Brings the history of the area to life and is a fascinating visit.
Written 1 August 2020
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WorldTravla7
Cairns, Australia5,773 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
This place is wonderful.

I bought my ticket thinking I would spend an hour and it wasn’t long enough so I came back later the same day after checking out of my hotel and spend another 1 hour+ (ticket is valid for multiple entries on same day only).

The Centre has an amazing 3 floors & 6 galleries that take the visitor though a detailed and immersive history of the Chinese experience in Singapore since the first arrival of the “Sinkheh” new migrants in the late 19th century (they sought to escape famine and flood to forge a better life in Singapore). The Centre itself exists within three restored shophouses.

You are given an audio & tablet guide at the beginning at it talks you through each of the exhibits in turn and you can decide whether you want to listen to all or some of the commentary. You will, see, hear and learn about:

- The rise of Singapore as a major new seaport;

- See the homes and workshops of the early migrants – in particular a tailors workshop, living quarters, and first floor rental accommodation which has been reconstructed from first-hand accounts (it is sobering how small and cramped the cubicles of the Sinkheh were);

- The population of Singapore depicted in photographs, video and costume
The underbelly of Singapore evidenced by underground gambling & opium dens & secret societies;

and more

Admission is SGD 18 for an adult and is well worth it for such a rich cultural & historical experience.

Written 6 June 2020
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Byron Chong
Soledad, CA50 contributions
Feb 2020
This is a re-creaated Shop House showing how many families lived jammed in tiny rooms. The display also shows other interesting aspects of life. Highly recommended educational experience. My sister-in law didn't like it. She said it was exactly like how she grew up in Hong Kong.
Written 21 May 2020
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Safari815120
13 contributions
Feb 2020
I so wanted to visit the Heritage Centre but because of the current Corona Virus scare, the staff wanted to check everybody's health condition. I was quite happy to allow them to check my temperature but I was not prepared to give them my name, address, dob, email and telephone number. Are they serious ? I politely refused to provide what I thought was too much personal information, turned round and went shopping.
Written 13 March 2020
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CptVonTripp
London, UK299 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
Set in an original shop house, evocatively kitted out with period fittings, the museum provides an excellent overview of the Chinese experience in Singapore.

If anything, it is perhaps too detailed. I’m a history nerd and yet I still found my interest flagging towards the end. All the topics covered are interesting, it’s just a little exhausting!
Written 12 March 2020
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IRHS
Rochester191 contributions
Feb 2020
I thought it was a little pricy but worth it when I realized how much there was to see. The audioguide was good and you got a better overview of what it was like.
Written 8 March 2020
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Dog-squad
Perth, Australia40 contributions
Feb 2020
You get an audio and tablet guide to tour this old shop house that has been turned into a museum. It took me an hour and a half and I could have spent longer looking around. There are lots of interesting exhibits, I would recommend doing this in the morning when you are fresh and can concentrate. At $18 for the entry and audio/tablet guide I think it is great value!
Written 2 March 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Chinatown Heritage Centre

Chinatown Heritage Centre is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
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Chinatown Heritage Centre admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost S$17.36, while a popular guided tour starts around S$7.04 per person. See all 11 Chinatown Heritage Centre tickets and tours on Tripadvisor

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