Providing a unique insight into Singaporean culture and history, Chinatown offers plenty of things to see, do and even taste! Here’s a quick guide to help you plan your adventures.
Before You Begin
Chinatown can be found in the Central Area, within easy reach of city hotels including those belonging to the Pan Pacific Hotels Group. An ideal place to start is at the Chinatown Visitor Centre which offers helpful information along with walking tours that will take you to some of the best sites here.
Be you staying at the best luxury hotels or budget hostels in the city, make sure to try Singaporean hawker food on offer in the area. The Chinatown Complex and Chinatown Food Street are two hotspots for foodies where one can savour char kway teow, satay, South Indian curries and more.
Did you know this is the only Chinatown in the world where you can find both a Hindu and Buddhist temple on the same single street! The Tang Dynasty-style Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum and the historic Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple are thus easy to visit as is the Masjid Jamae built for the Tamil Muslim community.
You can learn more about the locale’s rich history on a visit to the Chinatown Heritage Centre which features fascinating exhibits and even storytelling sessions and workshops. Also of note is Sago Street home to everything from Chinese apothecaries and eateries to stalls selling all manner of souvenirs to take back with you.