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Singapore Chinatown
Singapore Chinatown

Singapore Chinatown

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2,977 Reviews
Smith Street, Singapore, 058971

The Basics

When Sir Stamford Raffles divided up Singapore among its ethnic groups, the Chinese immigrants received the largest portion of land. Today Chinatown remains one of the city’s most vibrant and popular neighborhoods, and visitors have a wealth of options for experiencing it. Catch the highlights—including Thian Hock Keng Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple, Maxwell Road Hawker Centre, and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple—on an evening trishaw, riverboat, and walking tour of the neighborhood, or treat your tastebuds to a food tour of Chinatown’s best bites. The neighborhood is included in many Singapore sightseeing tours, and it’s also a stop on the hop-on hop-off bus.

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Nightout at Chinatown & Bugis Village Tour (includes dinner)
Nightout at Chinatown & Bugis Village Tour (includes dinner)
$89.57 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Trisha we was great fin
Great evening started off in china town with dinner in a nice restaurant then on to a chinese market but only got 30 mins there but everywhere was closing anyway. Next stop to pick the trishaw up great ride for about 20 mins through little India then lastly coach to Clarke Quay for the boat ride down the river Guide was very good and it was very enjoyable would definitely do it again x x.
Pickleminster, Mar 2020

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Singapore’s Chinatown is a must for first-time visitors and foodies.

  • Experience the neighborhood as part of a city-wide sightseeing tour or dive deep on a dedicated Chinatown food tour or trishaw ride.

  • There’s a lot to see (and buy, and eat) in Chinatown, so don’t forget to wear comfortable walking shoes.

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How to Get There

The easiest way to reach Chinatown is to take the MRT to Chinatown Station and exit toward Pagoda Street.

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Trip ideas

Virtual Cooking Classes With a Singapore Guide

Virtual Cooking Classes With a Singapore Guide

Guide to Singapore's Hawker Centers

Guide to Singapore's Hawker Centers


When to Get There

Shopping the markets of Chinatown is best during the late afternoon or early evening, to see the major attractions before the neighborhood’s night market and nightlife scene begins to pick up. The district is particularly lively in the months leading up to Chinese New Year, with decorations and lights adorning the streets and stalls.

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Understanding Singapore’s Chinese Heritage

To truly understand Singapore you have to understand its many ethnic influences, including that of its sizable Chinese population. One of the best places to do so is at the Chinatown Heritage Centre. This museum comprises re-created scenes depicting day-to-day life of Singapore’s Chinese immigrants from the 1950s onward, with stories of how they went from being mere visitors to the largest ethnic group in the country.

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