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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
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We were lucky enough to get to the centre in time to take a guided tour. Karen, our guide, was very knowledgeable and really made the history of Chinatown and its residents come alive. The centre offers fascinating insights into the way people of various...More

Thank Ann-Marie C
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I went to the Chinatown Heritage Centre on a whim and ended up having a wonderful time. The Heritage Centre offers an incredible view of what life was like in Chinatown during the 1950s, with plenty of information provided. I took a guided tour, and...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

The staff behind the counter were too busy talking to each other. When asked what were inside, they merely asked for fifteen dollars. It was felt that it was discriminatory to extract fifteen dollars for visitors but, free for locals. Not exactly a king's ransom...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

When you emerge from the Chinatown MRT Station into bustling Pagoda Street with its shops, food vendors and haggling stall holders, you will find the Chinatown Heritage Centre. Located within three restored shophouses it recreates the hard life of the tenants in their eight feet...More

Thank kingston47
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is an absolute must to understand the history of Singapore! It re-creates the old shop-houses, displaying the living conditions of generations of Chinese workers, and has an excellent walk-through audio commentary in addition to the tours. For me, it was the highlight of...More

Thank Beagles42
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was certainly worth the visit. This ‘museum’ takes you back in time of the early Chinatown settlers with the three level shophouse being restored. In it, you will get a sense of what it was like living there back in the 50s. To my...More

Thank Jwpgoh
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a lovely visit! I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Chinatown Heritage Centre and I wasn't even intending on stopping by this place but my cousin convinced me that it was worth it. I am definitely glad that I went! I highly recommend doing...More

Thank Kelvin C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had been here several years ago and took our extended family to visit again. This is a great exhibition with plenty to see and absorb. The audio guide is extensive and the admission price is very reasonable.

Thank Debbie N
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well laid out, tells the story of the growth of Singapore through the migrants & citizens of Chinatown; life was hard & not so long ago The audio guide (inclusive with fee of $20 for visitor) was a little over detailed but informative. Staff were...More

Thank fallfans
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had been to this attraction about four years ago, but now its been updated and is really interesting. We spent about two hours looking around , in fact we got so absorbed that we were nearly got locked in.It really shows how the common...More

Thank Zimb
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lim s
22 June 2018|
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Response from concettaholmes | Reviewed this property |
We were there for about 2 hours, as we did the tour with the guide who was dressed in the traditional costume of days gone by. It was extremely interesting and well worth the visit.
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Highadventurer
4 February 2018|
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Response from Highadventurer | Reviewed this property |
article i was refering to written by a spanish reviewer re ‘Overcrowded...’wrongly placed!
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Vanessa B
9 August 2017|
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Response from Mike T | Reviewed this property |
I know it's already answered, I just wanted to say it's well worth the money, fascinating museum.
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