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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 order book.

Past the shopfront, we entered the workshop where apprentices not only fulfilled orders, but cared for the owners’ children. Beyond, we visited the humble residence of the apprentices and the owner and his family, including a fully recreated kitchen and adjoining bathroom. Ambient soundscapes add to the atmosphere. Our guide’s commentary was fascinating as he described the lives and objects in the display — everything ... Travelfish members only (Around 600 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Chinatown Heritage Centre
48 Pagoda St (Chinatown MRT Exit A), Singapore
Daily 09:00-20:00 (closed first Monday of the month)
T: 6224 3928
Admission: Adults/children 7-12: $15/$11, includes very informative audio guide.

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