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.

Comments

  1. I would love to go to Singapore! I've lived in Europe and that was a blast, but I would love to explore Asia at some point! It's so cool that you were able to take these photos and share you experience! Thanks for posting!

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  2. Beautiful pictures with great explanation..

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  3. I did not know the history of chinatown and thank you for explaining that. I had very less time to explore this city earlier when i went so hope I am able to shop next time.

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    1. I'm really happy that my blog helped you in some way. =)

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  4. Chinatown seems like a fun place to visit, a short China in Singapore. It has food, cheap souvenirs, chickens staring at me lol, would love to give it a visit sometime. Great post.

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  5. IWhat a beautiful place. It looks like it is an amazing cultural experience!! Thank you for the great map!!

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  6. China Town is my favorite place in Singapore! I love shopping there and just walking around. I still have the shoes I bought there several years ago!

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  7. Beautiful photos and they really talk. Though I have never been there but these pictures describe so well about the town..

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  8. My memories of my Singapore visit cam rushing back as I read this post. Loved the intricate decoration on some of the buildings and especiallu the food Yum!

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  9. Chinatown and Chinese culture has always been embedded in every culture that almost every country in the world has its own Chinatown..... Great place to start learning everything Chinese....

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  10. Thanks for sharing this lovely piece. Sigh....I had a bad day today & feel more comfort after viewing your beautiful captured here. Cheers,siennylovesdrawing

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  11. Beautiful narration .enjoyable trip through Chinatown..lovely pics make the narrative so lively..

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  12. Missing Chinatown. I plan to visit Singapore again for the 4th time. Thought I would need to re-visit all the places I have been and try to compare how it was in the past, and check out what's new.

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    1. Wow! I envy you! I hope I get to visit SG again sometime soon.

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  13. I was in Singapore in March and i wish i had known these streets. I was in little india and shopping around the serangoon street. Are products cheaper here

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    1. Little India is also a wonderful place to visit. =)

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  14. Wow these photos are phenomenal! I love how you have directions to get there as well!!

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  15. This looks beautiful. I wish I could ever get the opportunity to go places like this.

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  16. Singapore is my next bucket list thanks for sharing this! I hope I'll visit china town in Singapore.

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    1. I'm excited to see photos of that in the future. =)

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  17. Chinatown seems to be an interesting place to visit in Singapore. There are so many restaurants and shopping options available. Thank you for the information!

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  18. I loved the visual tour! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome Poorna. Thanks for visiting too.

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  19. Nice place to spend a day !!! Thst caligraphy looks so cool !!! Never knew that China Town had a hindu temple !

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  20. These are such gorgeous pictures. Is that a South Indian temple BTW? We love it!

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  21. Great adventures and a beautiful place. I love this.

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  22. I have been to many Chinatowns in many countries around the world but I haven't been to Chinatown in Singapore! So this post was really useful for me! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for visiting. I'm happy I helped in a way.

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  23. What a beautiful way to explore Singapore! I'll be here January of next year so I'm quite ecstatic having read this blog. Thank you, Neil!

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