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Address: Chinatown, Singapore, Singapore

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Sago Street , in Singapore's Chinatown, has a long and fascinating history. It was called Sago Street because in the 1840s there were some 40 sago factories, making sago flour... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 September 2016
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Rayong, Thailand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Sago Street , in Singapore's Chinatown, has a long and fascinating history. It was called Sago Street because in the 1840s there were some 40 sago factories, making sago flour from the pith of the Rumbia Palm Later it became one of Singapore's main red light districts, with 14 brothels active by 1901. Sago Street is called Yang Gai in... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016

Sago Street and the adjoining lanes are filled with tourist bric a brac which I had little interest in, but it was a nice way to spend some time. There is food as well, fresh fruit stalls, open air restaurants, and I bought some mini red bean paste moon cakes which took me back to my childhood in one bite

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016

We went with a local friend and one of the Hawker stands had 20 people lining up for chicken and rice. The place was spotlessly clean, one stand sold Japanese food one third the price you would pay in Sydney Its worthwhile having a look through the nearby wet market with all the amazing produce for sale

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2016 via mobile

It's nothing special about this street in my opinion. It blends in with the rest of Chinatown. In that area everything the street is part of a big market.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2016 via mobile

- used to be where the diseased and destitute hid away from society to await the inevitable. - massive efforts to reconnect it with the Chinatown narrative led to the vibrant, walkable street it is today. - plenty of shops selling touristy trinkets here - visit in the week leading up to Chinese New Year, it'll be bursting with activity,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2016

The historic Street of the Dead has been reborn into a thriving shopping street which mainly offers some interesting gift ideas for tourists.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015

I just can't imagine this place was once the Street of the Dead, where bodies were dumped here. Now, I could not find a single funeral parlor in any of the shops around. Most shops along this lane are engaged in food or retail businesses and the whole street on one side is totally blocked from vehicular traffic with tables... More 

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2015

Like all of China town tourist area this is small stalls selling tourist tat. Look out for some of the more traditional shops. The shop houses are amazing.mthe vibe of the area is great and it's history is fascinating.mthis is the traditional street of the dead where people went to die. Try the Durian if it's in season add you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

Street of the dead is it NOT. Sure, thats the past and time does stood still for the buildings. Today, you will find modern cafes and eateries nearby. There is a Buddhist relic temple nearby. A MUST SEE whenever I bring overseas friends to the areas

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2015

Even though Sago St has been closed off for other purposes in the CHinatown. But when you are in Chinatown, this is also one part of it you shouldnt miss!! Spot 1: Buddha relic Temple. Spot 2: Flea Market near the wet market side. this is the place you may find some treasure that you wont even realising them

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Chinatown
Chinatown is a classic combination of colourful sights, enticing smells, and sometimes startling sounds. The precinct is unique, however, in its blending of religions and cultures. A Hindu temple, an Islamic mosque, and a Chinese Buddhist temple sit almost side by side. This sense of cultural harmony continues as you venture just outside of Chinatown to the nightlife areas of Club Street and Duxton Hill. There you’ll mingle with Singapore’s multicultural residents at the modern bars and restaurants dotting the bustling streets. An afternoon in and around Chinatown will leave you culturally enlightened, well fed, and loaded with souvenirs. In the evening, reward yourself with a well-deserved cocktail as the locals come out to play.
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