What to See in Chinatown
Singapore Chinatown is an amazing place full of beautifully restored shophouses selling amazing kind of products from jade Buddhas to textiles to Chinese herbs. The area was first designated for the Chinese by Sir Stamford Raffles and nowadays it is a favourite destination for good shopping as well as delicious food. Chinatown offers a lot more than just the restored shops, though: there are also a lot of significant monuments and cultural heritage buildings in Chinatown, especially along Along Telok Ayer Street and Pagoda Street.
These include the Chinatown Heritage Centre, Sri Mariamman Temple, Thian Hock Keng Temple, Eu Yan Sang Chinese Medical Hall, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Al-Abrar Mosque. When in the area be brave and try Singapore’s famous hawker food – an experience that should not be missed. The most intense time to visit Singapore's Chinatown is around the Chinese New Year when locals decorate their shops mainly in red with all sorts of decoration items including huge lanterns.Read More
- Chinatown at Night with Dinner & Cruise
- Dining Experience at Peony Jade
- Secrets of the Red Lantern Walking Tour
- A Taste of Chinatown: Food & Heritage Tour
- Chinese Customs Walking Tour: Birth, Marriage & Death
- Dinner at Quayside Seafood
- Chinatown Afternoon Food Tour
- Soothing Spa Experience
- Small-Group Chinatown Food Adventure
- Chinatown, Temple & Ann Siang Hill Walking Tour
All Attractions in Chinatown
This mosque was built in 1827. At that time was just a small building so many people took to calling it the ‘hut mosque’ as its nickname. The present building was erected in the 1850s and went though a major renovation in 1980s.
- Address: 192 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068635 near Thian Hock Keng Temple
- Tel: +65 6220 6306
If waking up in an empty bedroom after being kidnapped by a strange lady, or having to escape the booby-trapped laboratory of a crazed scientist sounds like fun, then look no further than Breakout Singapore. Located in the heart of Chinatown, this is one of the most popular breakout games in Singapore and earns rave reviews from players of all ages. Recommended group sizes are between four and six people and those under 12-years-old have to be accompanied by an adult. $19 off-peak weekdays, before 17:00; $22 at other times (per person per hour). Certainly not your ordinary Chinatown attraction.
- Opening Hours: 12:00-24:00 daily
- Location: 31B Kreta Ayer Road, Singapore (Opposite Kreta Ayer Community Centre)
- Tel: +65(0)6226 2688
The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is a remarkable four-story temple. When entering the gate, you’ll immediately notice the stunning main hall with its high ceiling. The bell tower and drum tower are on the same floor. However, the main focus for most visitors is the solid gold two-metre stupa on the fourth floor which is the place where the sacred relic is kept. Continuing up to the roof, there is a pagoda that has a large prayer wheel. The temple is built in a style based on the Buddhist mandala and integrated with the Buddhism of the Tang dynasty. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 18:30
- Address: 288 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058840
- Tel: +65 6220 0220
Chinatown Heritage Centre
Singapore offers many excellent museums. Visit the Chinatown Heritage Centre if you want to learn more about the rich history of old Chinatown and life of its migrants in Singapore.
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 21:00 (last admission at 20:00)
- Address: 48 Pagoda Street, Singapore 059207, not far from Pagoda Street exit of Chinatown MRT station
- Tel: +65 6221 9556
- Price Range: SG$ 10 for Adult and SG$ 6 for Child (3-12 years)
Chinese Methodist Church
Chinatown is home to many cultural buildings including Singapore’s first Methodist church. It is located on Telok Ayer Street and features an art deco style with a Chinese roof. Very interesting to see.
- Address: 235 Telok Ayer Street
Eu Yan Sang Chinese Medical Hall
As the name suggested Eu Yan Sang Medical Hall is where Chinese medicines are sold. It was built by a millionaire Eu Tong Sen in 1910. Since then it has become an important center for the local family. Other products sell include Chinese tea and herb.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 09:00 - 18:00, Sat 09:00 - 13:00, close on Sunday
- Address: 269A South Bridge Rd
- Tel: +65 6732 0922
If you like the idea of bungy jumping, but are the sort of person who would wimp-out once you reach the top and look over the edge, then Singapore’s very own Reverse Bungy might be your answer. Located at the popular nightlife hub of Clarke Quay, G-Max Reverse Bungy straps you into the capsule while on the ground, catapulting you 60 metres into the air at the press of a button.
It’s fun, incredibly fast and actually very safe; the company, heralding from New Zealand (the birthplace of the bungy we’re told), boasts a 100% safety record, with over 1 million riders to have successfully made it down to earth Read More...
- Opening Hours: 14:00 - late daily
- Address: 3 River Valley Rd, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179024
- Tel: +65 6338 1766
This small park in the centre of Chinatown is famous for being the only place in Singapore where you can openly speak your mind. Well, as you long you stick to all the rules, which include: being Singaporean, not mentioning religion and making sure you have told the police you plan to speak. Protests often take place here too. There’s usually not much going on during the week, although it is a nice spot to relax outside in the shade. Come at the weekends to see the cheery debates. Read More...
- Location: Between New Bridge, South Canal, South Bridge and Upper Pickering Streets
Another holy place to visit is Jamae Mosque which built around 1830s by Chulia Indians (Muslim merchants and moneylenders from India's Coromandel Coast). It is considered one of Singapore’s oldest mosques.
- Address: 218 South Bridge Road
Maxwell Road Hawker Centre
For visitors who are adventurous enough, a must visit in Chinatown should include those food centres (aka hawkers centre). Chinatown has a few to offer i.e Maxwell Road food Centre. It is a fun experience to learn about the original style hawkers food which not around on streets any more. The hawker foods are influenced by three main national cuisines, similar to the way Singapore is made up from; the Chinese, Indian and Malay. Many visitors are fascinating with the items offering here i.e. noodles with dumplings and roast pork, pork rib soup with rice, BBQ stingray with sambal sauce, satay, nasi goreng fried noodles in soya sauce with cockles and eggs. They are usually good and inexpensive.
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 - 22:00
- Location: Maxwell Road food Centre is on the corner of Maxwell Road and South Bridge Road.
- Address: 1 Kadayanallur Street, Singapore 069184
Nagore Durgha Shrine
The shrine has a unique blend of classical molded arches and columns and Indian Muslim motifs and was built by the Muslims of southern India.
- Address: 140 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068604, at the corner of Telok Ayer Street and Boon Tat Street
- Tel: +65 6256 8188
There are plenty of sky-high views in the city, but this one is a little different. Located on top of the world’s tallest residential building, it costs only 5 SGD to admire the vista and is usually very quiet, especially as there is a cap on the number of people who can visit daily (200, so as to not disturb those who live there). This is the tallest building around, so you can see far and wide, across Chinatown and towards Sentosa Island. To climb to the viewing platform you need an EZ-Link card, which is used for public transport around the city. The skybridge is usually quite quiet, except Read More...
- Opening Hours: 9:00 – 22:00
- MRT: Outram Park
- Address: 1G Cantonnment Road, Singapore
Red Dot Design Museum will make you look at everyday objects in a different light. Taking the mystery out of innovations that make our life easier and exploring some of the more unusual gizmos and gadgets, it is easy to spend an hour or so here. Although it’s a fairly small gallery, the spectrum of design is large and varied; everything from advertising posters, packaging, computers to household appliances. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon, Tue & Fri 11:00–18:00, Sat - Sun 11:00-20:00 (Closed every Wed & Thu)
- Address: 28 maxwell road red dot traffic singapore 069120
- Tel: +65 6327 8027
Singapore City Gallery
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was Singapore. If you want to know a little more about how the government manage to squeeze all these people onto one tiny island without ending on top of each other, this is the place to go. Opened in 1999, it aims to teach visitors how modern Singapore came to be, and how the city planners continue to plan sustainably. The most impressive part of the gallery is the Central Area Model. With a scale of 1:400 it is a miniature version of the centre of Singapore in 3D.
- Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 9:00 until 17:00
- Address: 45 Maxwell Road, URA Centre, levels 1-3, Singapore 069118
- Tel: +65 6321 8321
The oldest shrine in Singapore – Sri Mariamman Temple is one of the most prominent places of worship for Tamil Hindus in the country. It was built to honour Goddess Mariamman – the deity of disease and protection. Originally erected by Naraina Pillai – an Indian trader from Penang – in 1827, the temple was modified to its present structure in 1862, although it has undergone several renovations since. Apart from being a place of worship, the temple has also acted as an asylum for new immigrants that belong to South Indian Tamil Hindu community. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 - 12:00 and 18:00 - 21:00
- Location: On the corner of Chinatown’s South Bridge Road at the Pagoda Street
- Address: 244 S Bridge Road, Singapore 058793
- Tel: +65 6223 4064
Thian Hock Keng Temple
Thian Hock Keng, or the Temple of Heavenly Happiness, is the oldest and probably most interesting Chinese temple in Singapore. Built circa 1820, this Taoist-Buddhist temple was dedicated to to Ma Zu Po, the Mother of Heavenly Sages and the protector of sailors. You can find this colourful temple along Telok Ayer Street, in the middle of Chinatown
The temple, formerly at the waterfront before Singapore embarked on its land reclamation, was where many sailors and early settlers came to offer thanks for a safe journey by sea. The temple boasts elaborately painted doors, as well as highly-decorated beams and gold-leafed panels.
- Opening Hours: Daily 07:30 - 17:30
- Address: 158 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068613
- Tel: +65 6423 4616