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Chinatown

Things to see and do

  • Everton Park
    3.5 stars

    Everton Park is a cluster of six old public apartment blocks in the Outram area opposite The Pinnacle@Duxton boasting an array of old-style shops and restaurants with an increasing number of hipster joints opening right along side them. Come for a coffee and browse and see an example of how old ... read more

  • Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
    3.5 stars

    Every level has something worth seeing from the free museum of Southeast Asian Buddhist art on the third storey to the Tibetan prayer wheel and orchid garden on the roof. The tooth relic itself is housed in a secure chamber and is the only room in the temple where photography is not permitted. ... read more

  • Thian Hock Keng Temple
    3.5 stars

    Many consider this the oldest Chinese temple in Singapore as a simple temple has stood here since 1821. The temple that stands today though was built a few decades later and is a masterpiece of stone columns, wooden carvings and tile mosaics and even more impressive when you learn it was built ... read more

  • Sri Mariamman Temple
    4.5 stars

    The temple is dedicated to Mariamman, a mother goddess who cures diseases and controls rains, and is the site of a spectacular fire-walking ceremony one week before the Diwali holiday. The temple is a national monument and a major tourist attraction in Chinatown — visitors are free to walk ... read more

  • Chinatown Street Market
    4.5 stars

    Many shops sell exactly the same goods and the quality is so-so, but the price is always right. Small souvenirs like magnets are 5 for $5 and you can get a "real silk" robe for under $10. The food stalls are almost as innumerable as the shops and it's a great opportunity to try Chinatown ... read more

  • Chinatown Heritage Centre
    4 stars

    The exhibits start with the dangerous journey across the South China Sea then describe life in the then-British colony with furniture, clothing and tools from the time. No topic is off-limits and a whole gallery is dedicated to former social vices like prostitution and opium addiction. The ... read more

  • URA Singapore City Gallery
    4 stars

    The ground floor exhibits feature flashy video presentations about the city's architectural achievement du jour, but the truly interesting stuff is in the main gallery accessed on the second floor. This is where you'll find city planning simulators, models of Singapore's physical growth from ... read more

  • Chinatown Complex
    3.5 stars

    This indoor market is more for locals than tourists and contains a wet market, sundry shops and a hawker centre. The basement wet market is liveliest in the early morning when shoppers come to get the freshest fruit, vegetables, homemade tofu and meat — some still alive. Little is wasted ... read more

  • Chinatown Food Street
    4 stars

    This is one of the few places where you can sample Singapore street food actually on the street and the sounds, smells, and lights of Chinatown create a magical ambiance. The food's pretty good, too — try the grilled satay, barbequed seafood, and sinfully delicious char kway teow — a stir-fry ... read more

  • Walking street: Temple Street
    4.5 stars

    Sri Mariamman is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore — its roots can be traced back to 1827 — and you can navigate your way there by looking for its ornately carved roof. It may not be very long, but Temple Street is lined with pretty buildings and interesting spots like traditional ... read more

  • Walking street: Telok Ayer Street
    4 stars

    The street's name means "bay water" and it was the arrival point for Chinese immigrants in the 1800s, though due to land reclamation there's no longer any sight of the river. The traditional shophouse architecture may be the reason for Telok Ayer's conservation status, but the street's main ... read more

  • Walking street: Tanjong Pagar
    4 stars

    Check out their ornate shuttered windows and rear spiral staircases as you stroll down Craig Road, Neil Road and Duxton Hill, an area notorious in the 1800s for its brothels and opium dens. In more recent years the neighbourhood has come into fashion and shophouses have been converted into ... read more

  • MAAD
    3.5 stars

    Fold-out tables become displays for handmade jewellery and clothing, eco-friendly greeting cards and local zines. Most of the fashions are for women, but the free admission to the museum galleries is for everyone (usual price S$8). Just because the merchandise is hand-made doesn't mean it's cheap, ... read more

  • Hong Lim Park (Speakers Corner)
    3.5 stars

    This works better in theory than in practice and you can read the sign with all the rules for a good laugh. Requirements include that you must register your intention to speak, you must be a Singaporean citizen and you may not discuss religion. Further dissuading potential revolutionaries, ... read more

  • Red Dot Design Museum
    3.5 stars

    Many of the items on display are mundane objects like suitcases and underwear with exceptionally pretty design, but others like shoes that convert to rainboots or a pregnancy test for blind women show truly outside-the-box thinking. Unless you're a design buff the price of admission probably ... read more


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