Chinatown Heritage Centre

Attraction 48 Pagoda St, Singapore City Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
09:00 AM - 08:00 PM
05:00 PM
07:00 PM
First-time visit Second-time visit
Attraction
Cultural
Shopping
People watching (street)
Must see
Kids
7.17 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Singapore's Chinatown is an ethnic neighbourhood featuring distinctly Chinese cultural elements and a historically concentrated ethnic Chinese population. Chinatown is located within the larger district of Outram.

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Why Chinatown Heritage Centre is special ?

The Chinatown Heritage Centre houses a wealth of memories and untold stories of how Singapore's early forefathers had settled in this area after their perilous journey from afar.Step into the past when you enter the Chinatown Heritage Centre, a three-storey recreation of 1950's Singapore that is faithful down to the smallest of details and filled with insightful videos and descriptions of Singapore's heritage.

What to explore at Chinatown Heritage Centre?

A visit to Chinatown Heritage Centre is like a step back in time to the era of our forefathers in Singapore. Many were coolies, rickshaw pullers, samsui women, and majies. The Centre is laid out in a clear chronological order where you can retrace the transformation of Chinatown from its squalid, lively past to the modern bustling place it is today.

1. Leaving for Nanyang

Learn about the harsh conditions in China that drove these young Chinese migrants to Nanyang to seek their fortunes. See the miniature replica of the junk they sailed in, and the meagre belongings they brought.

2. Arrival at Si Lat Po

Discover the significance of the various small temples and shrines dotting the waterfront has for these newly-arrived migrants.

3. Chinatown Trades

Find out how who the major dialect groups that came to Singapore are and the kind of occupations and trades that each specialised in.

4. Facing the Four Evils

Identify the four evils that led many of these young migrants astray as they make a living far away from comforts and stability of their families.

5. Where the Day Never Ends

Step into the bustling street markets of Chinatown in its 1950s heyday, where the people never seem to sleep. Find out who are the denizens that peddle their wares in this lively place.

6. A Song of Mourning

Learn about the bleaker side of Chinatown as you enter the Sago Street funeral parlour exhibit and discover how some of these migrants lived out their last days in the notorious Death Houses.

7. Chinatown Personalities

Listen to the heart-rending stories of six Chinatown past residents as they recall their most indelible memories of their lives there.

8. Cubicle Living

Experience for yourself the overcrowding, poverty, poor hygiene and sanitation that past occupants of traditional Chinatown shophouses had to endure. Try to figure out how a small cubicle the size of modern-day bathroom can fit a family of ten.

Source: http://www.ne.edu.sg

Selling points

  • Throwback time
  • Step Back Into Chinatown's History
  • Historic and quaint- really interesting
  • Food Street and Cheap Souvenirs
  • Chinatown spirit
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Duration
2.0 days
Estimated
115.19 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
10 places

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48 Pagoda St, Singapore City

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Tips for you

  • Food and drink were available in the cafe next door, which is part of the museum
    Food
  • It's a must go if u interested in history
    Other
  • Don't forget to visit the small souvenir stores around the Heritage Centre.
    Shopping
  • The specialty shops along Kampong Glam have some of the best bargains.
    Shopping

Reviews

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For a smart gift - Really the best not-so-cheap souvenir center, subtly playing with Singaporean culture. I love buy my family gifts here, 100% authentic and you won't find it elsewhere.

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This museum is closed for renovation until Mid-2015.

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Buy ducktours, hippobus, flyer and universal studios tickets here!

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Perut kenyang hati senang

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Good day to see stuff n tea time with friends

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This place will help you understand why Singapore is the way it is today. Why the people are so proud about their nation. Why everything is so clean and orderly.After 7 days of seeing all the glitz and glamour of Singapore, we walked into the heritage center in Chinatown, What we saw there was a recreation of the life that early migrants lived. Their struggles and misery are realistically depicted by recreating the sort of rooms and shops that existed in those days. The artifacts are also real and collected from the descendants of these original residents.To understand Singapore you must visit this place.

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This place is closed for renovation until some time in 2015. But you can still get a taste of Chinatown by walking down Pagoda street and soaking up the atmosphere.

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The Chinatown Heritage Centre walks you through the history of Chinatown's residents and how they built their lives in Singapore. It's very interesting and is worth your time. It's located on one of the main arteries through Chinatown.

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This place will help you understand why Singapore is the way it is today. Why the people are so proud about their nation. Why everything is so clean and orderly. After 7 days of seeing all the glitz and glamour of Singapore, we walked into the heritage center in Chinatown, What we saw there was a recreation of the life that early migrants lived. Their struggles and misery are realistically depicted by recreating the sort of rooms and shops that existed in those days. The artifacts are also real and collected from the descendants of these original residents. To understand Singapore you must visit this place

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Easy to miss amidst all the gift shops but definitely worth a visit! Interesting & informative displays on how Chinatown came to be what it is today. Best part is definitely the recreated shophouse!

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