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Reviewed 20 June 2019

my guests loved the entire atmosphere as they took their time to enjoy all the little cultural heritage of singapore.

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank chapter59hairsalon
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Reviewed 20 June 2019

We visited here to get a bit of history about the area and we weren't disappointed. Your entry price gets you an audio guide as well and this was really handy. Loads and loads of information about the chinese migrants and how they helped build Singapore into what it is today. Only one slightly negative comment is that the audio description could be quite lengthy at times and we felt ourselves skipping it sometimes.

Date of experience: June 2019
2  Thank Django987
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Reviewed 12 June 2019

An excellent multi-story museum that tells the many stories of Chinese immigrants to Singapore. The building was previously the site of a tailor's shop on the ground floor, and various living quarters above. The visit is supported by a small multi-media device (images, sounds) that provided heaps of information - perhaps even at times, too much information, as it was hard to concentrate on the device as well as the stimuli around me via my other senses. If you are interested in how Chinese Singapore came about, there simply isn't a better place to find out about it. Various family living quarters are explained in detail, as are various circumstances of the era (mid-19th to mid-20th century, roughly). A fascinating couple of hours, that could well have been even longer than that. Very highly recommended.

Date of experience: June 2019
2  Thank kissane
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Reviewed 8 June 2019

The Chinatown Heritage Centre is actually a museum that offers visitors the opportunity to experience life as it was for tenants living in Chinatown in the 1950's with a handheld multimedia device that shows photos, videos and sound. Located in a large old shophouse that has been converted into this large museum in Pagoda Street it is right in the heart of Chinatown.

The cost for adults is S$18 with the multimedia guide and S$25 for a guided tour and S$14 and S$20 for children respectively. Senior citizens can access free if accompanied by a paying visitor with an additional charge of S$3 for the multimedia guide. Inside the museum you can see a tailor's shop, rooms belonging to people practicing different trades in olden days. Other parts of the museum give you the feeling that you are actually in old Chinatown. You will see how cooks, shoemakers and other tradesmen lived, and there is even an old kitchen.

The museum is fully air-conditioned and very well laid out. With the multimedia guide I found that the visit took around an hour to complete.

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and would highly recommend coming here especially if you'd like to get a feel of how people in Chinatown lived 50 or 60 years ago.

Date of experience: May 2019
6  Thank SurfingWild
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Reviewed 6 June 2019

This is so interesting to learn about the history of the Chinese immigrants. I love China Town and love the people there. It is definatly worth a visit ...but take your time...

Date of experience: March 2019
2  Thank Judy D
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