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Chinatown Heritage Centre

48 Pagoda Street, Singapore 059207, Singapore
+65 6224 3928
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US$ 19.99*
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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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48 Pagoda Street, Singapore 059207, Singapore
+65 6224 3928
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Reviewed yesterday

The Chinatown Heritage Centre gives you a taste of the past and does it in a really nice way. Also not very expensive.

Thank bharosr
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very enjoyable tour. Well worth paying the extra entrance fee for a guided tour. The tour guide Clinton was excellent and brought the place to life with his description and stories throughout the tour

Thank Chris M
Reviewed 2 days ago

OMG - the eyes and wallet nearly had a seizure at the amount of merchandise available. Sizing for clothing can be problematic but the souvenirs were exceptional quality and money. Really enjoyed visiting the place. We did meet with some harassment from vendors who send...More

Thank ivanhelenperry
Reviewed 3 days ago

A very well made and interesting museum. It takes about 1 hour to go though. Also my child (6 y) was interested.

Thank Miina K
Reviewed 3 days ago

Wonderful exhibition with insight into early days in Singapore. The audio guide was really good and easy to follow each section.

Thank Nigel H
Reviewed 4 days ago

Offering a rare glimpse onto the lives, homes and struggles of Chinatown's early residents, this Heritage Centre, half-way down Pagoda St., is a fascinating place, and a must-do for visitors. Most of the early Chinese residents, escaping from wars and famine in their native land,...More

1  Thank jollyrobert
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The Chinatown Heritage Center is a must-see and I’d highly recommend the guided tour. Our guide Clinton provided an intriguing look at the grim lives of early Chinese immigrants in Singapore, taking us through several levels of the museum. The stories about tailor apprentices, night...More

Thank MilH F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We found this museum gave us a fascinating insight into the difficult lives that most Chinese migrants faced in Singapore in the 1950s and earlier. Everything is very well presented in what is only a very small space.

Thank Paddingtontraveller
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is set in an old shophouse. After paying the entrance fee you're given an audio/video guide which is very well presented. The first part is the tailors shop & living quarters & upstairs is divided in many rooms. These measure 8' x 8'...More

Thank Dabblings
Reviewed 1 week ago

When we arrived at 9.30am we were informed that a school party had just entered and as they're a bit noisy we may prefer to come back in an hour. We returned and after being told that there were no schoolchildren we paid our admission....More

Thank maxdaffodil
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.
16 September 2016|
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