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What to Do in Chinatown Singapore

All Chinatown Attractions A to Z

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.

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Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is a remarkable four-story temple. When entering the gate, you’ll immediately notice the Read More...

Sri Mariamman Temple

Sri Mariamman Temple

The oldest shrine in Singapore – Sri Mariamman Temple is one of the most prominent places of worship for Tamil Hindus in Read More...

The Pinnacle@Duxton

For some fantastic views over Singapore, The Pinnacle@Duxton boasts an impressive 50th-floor skybridge which is open to Read More...

Red Dot Design Museum

Red Dot Design Museum

Red Dot Design Museum will make you look at everyday objects in a different light. Taking the mystery out of innovations Read More...

Hong Lim Park

Also known as Speakers’ Corner - is best known for its designated space where Singaporeans can freely demonstrate, Read More...

Chinatown Food Street

Chinatown Food Street

Chinatown Food Street has had a bit of a makeover, making it one of the best places to eat cheap, tasty and authentic Read More...

All Attractions in Chinatown

 

Al-Abrar Mosque

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
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BreakOut Singapore

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
  • Address: 31B Kreta Ayer Road, Singapore (Opposite Kreta Ayer Community Centre)
  • Tel: +65(0)6226 2688
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Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

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 Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 - 18:30
  • Address: 288 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058840
  • Tel: +65 6220 0220
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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)
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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
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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
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G-Max Reverse Bungy Singapore

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 Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 14:00 - late daily
  • Address: 3 River Valley Rd, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179024
  • Tel: +65 6338 1766
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Hong Lim Park (Speakers' Corner)

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 Read More...

  • Location: Between New Bridge, South Canal, South Bridge and Upper Pickering Streets
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Jamae Mosque

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
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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
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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
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The Pinnacle at Duxton Skybridge

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 Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 9:00 – 22:00
  • MRT: Outram Park
  • Address: 1G Cantonnment Road, Singapore
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Red Dot Design Museum

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 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
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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: Mon - Sat 09:00 until 17:00
  • Address: 45 Maxwell Road, URA Centre, levels 1-3, Singapore 069118
  • Tel: +65 6321 8321
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Sri Mariamman Temple

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 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
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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
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