Singapore: Chinatown

Located within the Outram district in the Central Area of Singapore, Chinatown is a subzone and ethnic enclave that is also a famous place for tourist to buy souvenirs.



Historically, Chinatown was the area designated for the Chinese immigrants under the Raffle's Plan during the Colonial Period of Singapore. Like its Indian community counterpart, the area also became overcrowded and the British government did little to solve the problem. It was only in the 1960s when the issue was addressed when the Housing Development Board finally relocated many of of the Chinese residents to different parts of the country.
You can go on a guided tour or DIY...
Feel the "Chinese Atmosphere" starting from the overpass
Check out those colorful windows

The place gets very crowded though
but it is a good place to buy some Chinese calligraphy souvenirs...
...or go on a foodtrip
...or buy some lucky charms
...or simply enjoy walking 
... or get stared at by chickens

Today, Singapore's Chinatown is visited by thousands of tourists and locals alike. The usually visit the place looking for cheap souvenirs and giveaways for their friends and families. Aside from that, Chinatown is also a perfect place to go on a food trip. Speaking of which, my family and I got to go on one during our 2017 Singapore-Malaysia tour. We had lunch in one of the restaurants near the Chinatown Station. It was here that I got my first taste of bak kut teh.

Aside from trying out the food and buying souvenirs, I also managed to visit and see some of the well known landmarks of Chinatown like the following:
Sri Mariamman Temple

Chinatown Heritage Centre

Chinatown Food Street
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum




Getting there:

Ride an MRT and board down at the following stations:

  • Chinatown MRT Station on the North East and Downtown Lines
  • Tanjong Pagar MRT Station on the East West MRT Station
  • Outram Park MRT STation at East West and North East Line
  • Clarke Quay MRT Station on the North East Line.

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