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Chinatown Heritage Centre

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Revamped and reopened in January 2016, Chinatown Heritage Centre is an excellent interactive museum well worth a couple of hours of your Singapore stopover.

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In the heart of Singapore’s Chinatown, a stone’s throw from Chinatown MRT, it occupies three restored shophouses and opens a fascinating window on Singapore’s history, brought to life through personal stories. We highly recommend this interesting and well curated museum.

The exterior of the Chinese Heritage Centre. Photo taken in or around Chinatown Heritage Centre, Downtown Singapore, Singapore by Sally Arnold.

The exterior of the Chinese Heritage Centre. Photo: Sally Arnold

We did the guided tour, with our guide in character as a trishaw driver — apparently there are different characters on different days. During the early life of Singapore, Chinese tailors were the denizens of Pagoda Street (the street the museum is on), and the museum recreates the shop, workshop, residence and those of the tenants of Tuck Cheong Tailors. Full of detail, it’s very much hands on — you’re invited to pick up the phone and listen to a conversation, or flick through the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)


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