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Chinatown Heritage Centre

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Address: 48 Pagoda Street, Singapore 059207, Singapore
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+65 6224 3928
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The colourful past of Chinatown comes alive within the walls of these three...

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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Learn about Chinese-Singaporean history

I started my stay in Singapore with a visit to this fascinating museum. Great introduction to the multicultural heritage of Singapore. Shophouse location and audio-guide both very... read more

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I started my stay in Singapore with a visit to this fascinating museum. Great introduction to the multicultural heritage of Singapore. Shophouse location and audio-guide both very well done. It was an extra treat to be here during Chinese New Year.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Heaps of stalls, interesting sights, good food - the chilli crab was great, and you can buy all your souveniers in the one hit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A Must See!! Entertaining museum. Thoroughly enjoyed this old shophouse, the furnishing is interesting. With this, you will capture the old Singapore in your heart!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband and I were so impressed with this wonderful insight to Chinatowns history. The way it was set out, fabulous audio guide and interesting history made this one of our highlights in Singapore. Well done to everyone involved in making it possible to keep Chinatowns history accessible to everyone, in particular the newer generation. Thankyou.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Learn all about Chinese settlers in Singapore and about their culture and history and how they contributed to the Singapore of today.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Paid our entrance fee and received head phones to listen to the guided tour. Very interesting, informative and made us aware of the hardships that the Chinese settlers had when arriving in Singapore.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We highly recommend this attraction. It is informative, interesting, and beautiful. The story of the Chinese immigrants to the area unfolds with art, artifacts, words, photos and films. You will learn, be entertained, and be astonished.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Buying a 3 day tourist travel paas gave free entry but would have paid the $15. Excellent museum showing how life was like and the conditions the people had to live in. Example of how different families lived and how the cooked and conducted everyday life well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum shows a slice of history in the 'shop houses' - a crucial snapshot into the development of Singapore. The museum itself provides a clear and interesting tour through a restored shop house. The audio-guide is well done, the displays well laid out, and they seem to be authentically presented. I thoroughly enjoyed our hours at this centre, and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour is so very interesting as it highlights a particular shophouse and its residents during the early days of Chinatown. The guide we had was especially passionate about his subject and very knowledgeable. A not to be missed activity!

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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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