Soak up Chinese culture in Chinatown

Singapore Travel Guides / October 07, 2016
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What
Singapore’s Chinatown is a delightful mix of old and new at the city’s central area.

It is a gold mine of Chinese heritage and culture with its old temples, historic shophouses, and traditional wet markets. Family-run stores and teahouses can also be found here, giving visitors a glimpse of the old Chinatown.

In contrast, boutique hotels, chic restaurants, and hip bars also exist and lend a modern touch to this fascinating town.

Why
Chinatown offers a distinct Chinese charm that cannot be found in other areas in Singapore, a predominantly Chinese city.

Get lost in the narrow alleyways and immerse in Chinese culture and tradition. Explore the temples, visit museums and check out the local shophouses. Hungry? Head to the hawker stalls and gorge on mouthwatering street food. A myriad of cultural rich souvenirs is available at the area’s night street market to complete your Chinatown tour.

Top attractions in Chinatown
Go back in time at the Chinatown Heritage Centre and get a glimpse of the early life in Singapore. The center is a wonderful recreation of old houses and street scenes that tell the fascinating story of the old Chinatown.

Explore the four-story Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and see over 300 Buddhist artifacts from different parts of Asia. The sacred relic is stored in a 2-metre solid gold stupa at the temple’s 4th floor. Free English tours are offered every Tuesday and Thursday. Book in advance to secure your slot.

Relish the fun and excitement at Chinatown’s street market. Haggle your way with the vendors to get the best deals on a wide variety of merchandise. Follow the scent of grilling barbecue at Food Street and pig out on satay, dim sum, seafood, noodles, and other appetizing fare.

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