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Chinatown Heritage Centre

48 Pagoda Street, Singapore 059207, Singapore
+65 6224 3928
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The colourful past of Chinatown comes alive within the walls of these three beautifully-restored shophouses on Pagoda Street, comfortably nestled in the midst of Singapore's bustling Chinatown district. Every nook and cranny in the Chinatown Heritage Centre pulsates with the memories of yesteryear, offering an experience like no other as one is transported to Chinatown in the budding years of Singapore's establishment as a seaport. From the desperate hopefulness of the many "Sinkheh" (new migrants) - risking life and limb to embark on an arduous journey from the various Chinese provinces to the promised land of Singapore - to the raw, seedy and underground practices of gambling dens and secret societies, be prepared to experience a sense of nostalgia and sentimentality as you step into the pages of Chinatown's history. The Chinatown Heritage Centre is the only place in Singapore that has recreated the original interiors of its shophouse tenants in the 1950s, offering visitors an honest, revealing glimpse into the lives of Chinatown's early residents.
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+65 6224 3928
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This was the highlight of Chinatown for me. I am always interested to learn the history and the stories of the people, this experience was informative, humbling and so well done that I felt like I was literally a fly on the wall watching the...More

Thank JenEales
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

People who are curious and willing to know the history of Chinatown, this is the right place for you to visit! The entrance fee is SGD 15, but if you required guided tour, the fee will be SGD 20. *Prohibited to video the place but...More

Thank Occultism T
Reviewed 1 week ago

In combination with the free audio guide, this heritage centre gives a terrific insight into the lives of the early Chinese immigrants. Each tiny cubicle housed a group of several people and shows where they ate, slept and lived and the tailor's shop showed how...More

Thank Debra3136
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were expecting a museum but this was so much more. Our guide did an excellent job of guiding us through this tailor's shop front and rented cubicle rooms which didn't close until the late 1980s. Mr Chan and his tenants made for fascinating, well-researched...More

Thank jraymond2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was an old chop house and is set out as it would have been. Unbelievable that families of 8 would live in a space little bigger than a cupboard! Very friendly and helpful staff who show how the tape system works. Arrive early to...More

Thank MasafiOne
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Seeking refuge from the unending humidity, I stumbled into the Chinatown Heritage Center by chance when a tourist leaving triggered the automatic door which released a huge column of cool, cool air. Sold! I wandered in and figured what better way to escape the heat...More

Thank Mike C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are interested in history, this is a must do, but it's fun for anyone. The interactive experience here is among the best anywhere, and transports you back in time to a Singapore shophouse, where you learn about Chinatown way of life from the...More

Thank SL9999
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved it. The tickets are rather pricey but the museum is really beautifully made. You get an insight in the life of Asian people coming to Singapore many many years ago. They have kind of reconstructed old houses and you are invited into the...More

Thank goalgent
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I really feel grateful to join Monster Day Tours to Chinatown one Saturday. The tour guide's explanations were very detailed and impressive. Gain valuable knowledge of  Chinatown heritage and its culture. We also experienced entering an Indian temple in Chinatown. Buddha tooth Relic temple is...More

Thank Appleen
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tucked into the heart of busy, bustling Chinatown is this little oasis of history. Clean and cool (especially compared to the damp heat of outside), and uncrowded (definitely compared to the crowded streets outside), this is WELL worth a visit - its a vital antidote...More

Thank 245cathrynl
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.
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Response from Mike T | Reviewed this property |
I know it's already answered, I just wanted to say it's well worth the money, fascinating museum.
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