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  • Everton Park
    3.5 stars

    Everton Park is a cluster of six old public apartment blocks boasting an array of old-style shops and restaurants with an increasing number of hipster joints opening right along side them. Everton Park is a cluster of six old public apartment blocks in the Outram area opposite The ... read more

  • Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
    3.5 stars

    This multi-tiered pagoda is on most visitors' Chinatown to-do list, but few venture beyond chanting monks in the ground level prayer rooms — a big mistake. Every level has something worth seeing from the free museum of Southeast Asian Buddhist art on the third storey to the Tibetan prayer wheel ... read more

  • Thian Hock Keng Temple
    3.5 stars

    Early Chinese immigrants to Singapore were so thankful after surviving the long voyage at sea they built a temple dedicated to sea goddess Ma Chu. 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 ... read more

  • Sri Mariamman Temple
    4.5 stars

    This is Singapore's oldest Hindu temple and its roots can be traced back to 1827, but the extraordinary carvings on the roof weren't added until the 1960s. The temple is dedicated to Mariamman, a mother goddess who cures diseases and controls rains, and is the site of a spectacular fire-walking ... read more

  • Chinatown Street Market
    4.5 stars

    Cheongsams, T-shirts, cameras, tea and dubious antiques: the sidestreets of Chinatown overflow with opportunities to spend your Sing-dollars. 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 ... read more

  • Chinatown Heritage Centre
    4 stars

    Set in a beautifully restored shophouse in the heart of Chinatown, this living museum tells the story of Singapore's early Chinese immigrants. 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 ... read more

  • URA Singapore City Gallery
    4 stars

    Fitting five million people onto a tiny little island takes a lot of planning, and you can learn all about Singapore's efforts at this government-run gallery. The ground floor exhibits feature flashy video presentations about the city's architectural achievement du jour, but the truly interesting ... read more

  • Chinatown Complex
    3.5 stars

    If you didn't get your fill of shopping at the Street Market, the commerce continues in the Chinatown Complex. 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 ... read more

  • Chinatown Food Street
    4 stars

    After dark, Smith Street shifts from crowded with shoppers to crowded with diners as it becomes Chinatown Food Street. 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 ... read more

  • Walking street: Temple Street
    4.5 stars

    An exemplary example of Singapore's multiculturalism, this one-way street in the heart of Chinatown is named for its Indian temple. 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 ... read more

  • Walking street: Telok Ayer Street
    4 stars

    Stretching from Maxwell Road almost all the way to Raffles Place, Telok Ayer is one of Singapore's oldest thoroughfares and the backbone of Chinatown. 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 ... read more

  • Walking street: Tanjong Pagar
    4 stars

    Straddling the space between Chinatown and the central business district, Tanjong Pagar was designated a conservation zone for its three-storey shophouses. Check out their ornate shuttered windows and rear spiral staircases as you stroll down Craig Road, Neil Road and Duxton Hill, an area notorious ... read more

  • MAAD
    3.5 stars

    Once a month the Market of Artists and Designers (MAAD) takes over the Red Dot Design Museum and holds a flea market to sell their one-of-a-kind creations. Fold-out tables become displays for handmade jewellery and clothing, eco-friendly greeting cards and local zines. Most of the fashions are for ... read more

  • Hong Lim Park (Speakers Corner)
    3.5 stars

    This green space in the middle of Chinatown is best known for its Speakers Corner, the one place in Singapore where free speech is allowed. 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 ... read more

  • Red Dot Design Museum
    3.5 stars

    The "red dot" is a prestigious design prize and Singapore is the only city outside of Europe with a permanent museum to showcase dot-winning products. Many of the items on display are mundane objects like suitcases and underwear with exceptionally pretty design, but others like shoes that convert ... read more


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