ChinatownSingapore

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See the sights, smells and shops that make up one of the oldest Chinatowns in the world.

The majority of Singapore's population is ethnically Chinese, and the area known as Chinatown has been their cultural centre for hundreds of years. As trading houses expanded along the south bank of the river in the 19th century, coolies and Chinese merchants settled in an area that was soon officially designated as Chinatown by Singapore's British founder, Sir Stamford Raffles. Characterised by temples, markets and shop-houses, the area around Pagoda Street is a great place for a stroll and a bite to eat. As well as Chinese medicine shops and market stalls, there are also some interesting attractions such as the Chinatown Heritage Centre and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum.

Inside the Heritage Centre, a museum housed in three restored shop-houses, you can learn about how life was for the early immigrants, There are vivid accounts about their living conditions and a series of exhibits following individuals who lived here hundreds of years ago.

The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple was completed in 2007 and is based on the Tang dynasty architectural style. It was built to showcase a tooth relic which was found in Burma. Visitors are welcome to enter the temple and take a look around the lavish gold and red interior.

A Chinatown highlight is the food: there's plenty of traditional Chinese cuisine on Smith Street, affectionately known by locals as Food Street. Sample the local favourite Bak kut teh, or pork rib soup. The cuisines from many different Chinese provinces are on offer here too, so it's easy to find something a little different.

As well as the many Chinese attractions, the area also has the oldest Hindu temple in the city, the Sri Mariamman Temple. Its location in Chinatown illustrates the fascinating ethnic blend in Singapore.

Chinatown is well served by public transportation and the Chinatown MRT station is just a minute's walk away.

Top hotels in Chinatown

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
M Hotel Singapore
M Hotel Singapore
4.5 out of 5
81 Anson Road, Singapore
Rs8,209
per night
Feb 29 - Mar 1

Located in Chinatown, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Shenton Way, Raffles Place and Merlion. Chinatown Heritage Center and Singapore General Hospital ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,746 reviews)

"They have a good service and an excellent restaurant where they provide breakfast and a huge seafood buffet during lunch time. Good location at the financial area and very close to the cruise terminal."…"

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2020

M Hotel Singapore
Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore
Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore
4.5 out of 5
100 Peck Seah Street, Singapore
Rs9,230
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Chinatown, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Shenton Way, Chinatown Heritage Center and Singapore General Hospital. Raffles Place and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (692 reviews)

"Great place with a good neighbor , I was stationed there to work at downtown and found that place is close to everywhere which includes food court and mrt station"…"

Reviewed on 6 Feb 2020

Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore
Carlton City Hotel Singapore
Carlton City Hotel Singapore
5 out of 5
1 Gopeng Street, Singapore
Rs9,453
per night
Mar 13 - Mar 14

Located in Chinatown, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Maxwell Food Centre and Chinatown Heritage Center. Boat Quay and Merlion Park are also ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,965 reviews)

"It was perfect for my stay. Close to everything that i wanted to see. Also close to the MRT. The staff are the best, made you feel at home. Very happy with the whole experience. Will be going back."…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2020

Carlton City Hotel Singapore
Amara Singapore
Amara Singapore
4.5 out of 5
165 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore
Rs9,027
per night
Mar 29 - Mar 30

Located in Chinatown, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Maxwell Food Centre, Sri Mariamman Temple and Chinatown Heritage Center. Boat Quay and ...

4/5Very Good! (1,420 reviews)

"The room was a good size for the price and had a great view. Staff were friendly for the most part. But when I printed a couple documents (3) from the business center, the lady who helped me said she wouldn’t charge me. When I checked out, a different lady told me I was in fact going to be charged. ..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Feb 2020

Amara Singapore
Sofitel Singapore City Centre
Sofitel Singapore City Centre
5 out of 5
9 Wallich Street, Singapore, SG
Rs14,357
per night
Mar 22 - Mar 23

Located in Chinatown, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Shenton Way, Chinatown Heritage Center and Singapore River. Raffles Place and Merlion are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (170 reviews)

"We did not manage to stay at the hotel They were great as they allow us to postpone the booking due to the coronavirus situation We appreciate their understanding"…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2020

Sofitel Singapore City Centre
The Scarlet Singapore
The Scarlet Singapore
4 out of 5
33 Erskine Road, Singapore
Rs9,030
per night
Mar 29 - Mar 30

Located in Chinatown, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chinatown Heritage Center and Singapore River. Raffles Place and Boat Quay are also within ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,343 reviews)

"great location, large bathroom, clean and pleasant"…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2020

The Scarlet Singapore

Popular things to do in Chinatown

Chinatown Heritage Center
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Chinatown Heritage Center

4/5(136 reviews)

Discover the stories behind one of the world’s biggest Chinatowns at this important cultural museum.

People's Park Complex
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People's Park Complex

3/5(2 reviews)

During your trip to Outram, you can enjoy retail therapy at People's Park Complex. Amble around this vibrant area's Chinatown or experience its fascinating museums.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
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Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

4.5/5(4 reviews)

You can spend an afternoon exploring the galleries in Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum during your travels in Outram. Stroll along the marina or visit the temples in this vibrant area.

Maxwell Food Centre
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Maxwell Food Centre

4.5/5(4 reviews)

During your visit to Singapore, you can search for that perfect souvenir at Maxwell Food Centre. Discover the fascinating museums and temples in this vibrant area.

Thian Hock Keng Temple
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Thian Hock Keng Temple

4.5/5(27 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Outram when you take a trip to Thian Hock Keng Temple. Amble around this vibrant area's marina or experience its fascinating museums.

Sri Mariamman Temple
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Sri Mariamman Temple

4/5(4 reviews)

Find out about the history of Outram when you take a trip to Sri Mariamman Temple. Discover the fascinating museums and shops in this vibrant area.

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