Places of Interest - Chinatown In Singapore



Attractions of Chinatown In Singapore at a Glance

1. Yue Hua. One of the oldest landmark of Chinatown in Singapore. A departmental store selling quality and traditional goods from China. The building used to be a Great Southern Hotel.

2. People’s Park Centre. Many shops selling Chinese goods and Chinese Medical Clinics. Basement has many local tour agencies selling tour packages. A good place to look for short organised trip to Malaysia and Indonesia.

3. BBQ Pork at Lim Chee Guan. A bigger competitor is Bee Cheng Hiang but many have claimed that the former is better in terms of taste. I am one of them!

4. Chinatown Heritage Centre. At 48 Pagoda St 9am-8pm (Daily) Last Admission 7pm chinatownheritage.com.sg Fee S$9.8 adult, S$6.30 child. English language tour every hour.

5. Jamae Mosque

6. Sri Mariamman Temple – The oldest Hindu Temple in Singapore has an impressive and colourful gopuram( entrance tower) of Hindu deities, flowers and mythological beasts. It started out as a thatch-roofed Dravidian style Agamic wooden shrine, built in 1827 by Naraina Pillai.

7. Smith Street. A restored street with a strong Heritage. Check out the local crowd who are mostly middle age and old folks. They are the witness of yesterday and today's Chinatown in Singapore

8. Chinatown Complex. Newly renovated and having clothing stores and cheap toiletry shops. There is a breed of young designers and alternative fashion boutique owners opening shops here.

9. Sago Lane. A place with Chinese Medical Halls and other old Chinese shops.

10. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum: 288 South Bridge Rd 7am to 7pm daily. The Tang style temple was built to house the tooth relic of the historical Buddha, and was opened to the public in 2007. The Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic is on the fourth floor (9amto12am, 3pmto6pm) but the actual Relic utself is only unveiled over Chinese New Year and on Vesak Day.

11. Jinrickshaw Station. Was a depot for Rickshaws – a common mode of transport a century ago.

12. Maxwell Road Food Centre – One of the most famous food centres in Singapore. Almost each of the hawker has got a secret recipe for its specialties.

13. Singapore City Gallery – 45 Maxwell Rd: 9am-5pm; 9am-12:30pm (Sat)

Architects and geography buffs will enjoy the two floors documenting Singapore’s urban planning, urban design, built heritage and future land use plans.

14. Ann Siang Road: Formerly a plantation area now lined up with restored shophouses and occupied by fashionable boutiques and a boutique hotel, Scarlet

15. Club Street

16. Telok Ayer Street: Al-Abrar Mosque, 192 Telok Ayer St

Also known as Masjid Chulia, this mosque is uniquely characterised by a blend of Indian and Islamic architecture.

17. Thian Hock Keng Temple. 158 Telok Ayer St *:30 am to 5:30pm dailyBuilt in 1839, Taoist Temple showcase South China Hokkien architecture with gided and lacquer decorations on beams and panels, painted doors and granite dragon sculptures on the rooftops and the main entrance. You will find a statue of Ma Zu, Goddess of the Sea, flanked by the deities of Good Health and protection.

18. Nagore Durgha Shrine

19. Red Dot Design Museum: 28 Maxwell Rd, 11am to 6pm (Mon-Tue, Fri), 11am-8pm (Sat-Sun) Fee S$5 Adult, S$4 Child.

20. Murray Terrace Food Alley

21. Tras Street. Restored shophouses.

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