Many times we have visited Chinatown and we keep coming back for more.Chinatown Singapore is accessible with every transportation method available , MRT NE 4, taxis ,Buses.
In this area , 76 % of the Chinese population in Singapore are concentrated.
There's many attraction can be visited and seen here , including the Chinatown market on Pagoda street , the Buddha Tooth Relic temple and museum,Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple and Multipurpose Center, Chinatown Heritage Center, Mesjid Jamae Chulia.
Some shopping malls nearby are Chinatown Complex , OG , People's Park Center, and Chinatown Point, Hong Lim Complex.
A lot of affordable accomodations can be found here , the 81 chain hotels , Santa Grand hotels of Chinatown and Lai Chuen Yuen, The Inn at Temple Street , Park 22 , The Keong Saik ,etc.
Food street can be found on Smith Street , price of foods are ranging from $ 4- 7.
Look for cheaper food prices in the apartment's food courts , like the People Park Complexes Food Center, in here foods ranging from $ 3 -6.Drinks like Sugar Cane ,Water Chestnut, Barley is as low as $ 0.8 - 1.
Singapore is Basically one big chinatown wherein 76% of the population are chinese in origin and even if the state follows multiculturalism, you would notice that the dominant people here are the Chinese and Singapore having many kinds of chinese temples dedicated to Buddhism or Taoism of Confucianism and other smaller chinese sects are well represented here. Even the banned Falun Gong in Mainland China has a branch here since Singapore is a secular state with no state religion. You can visit many temples around Chinatown and the whole of Singapore.
If you are visiting Chinatown, why not head to the Chinatown Heritage Centre.
Go back to history when u step into Chinatown Heritage Centre.
It will bring you back to the Nanyang days where u could see the life of a coolies, samsui women and rickshaw puller.
It is located in Chinatown along Pagoda Street.
Photography are not allowed in the exhibit hall.
Opens 9am to 8pm daily (Last admission at 7pm)
Admission $9.80(A) $6.30 (C)
Promotion for locals with DBS or POSB Card $5.00)
Take the opportunity for a peaceful early morning stroll through historic Chinatown without the maddening crowds.
No shops or restaurants will be open but it's a good opportunity to get some photo's without the ever present pedestrian traffic while you're trying to frame that perfect shot.
The Sri Mariamman Temple is situated in Chinatown along South Bridge Road. It is the oldest and largest Hindu Temple in Singapore which was built in 1843.
Do remove your shoes before you enter the temple. You have to pay a fee to bring in your cameras or video cameras to take photographs. However, admission is free but donations are welcomed.
Bak Kwa are thin (hmmm but can be thick nowadays) , lacquered sheets of pork barbecued in the traditional way.
It is 'must-have' goodie during the Chinese New Year and once you start munching, you can't stop! But they can be pretty heaty, so gotto drink lotsa water.
Chinatown is a good place for you to try, sample these and decide before you buy a few, they usually comes in 500gm or 1kg.
Lim Chee Guan is a very famous brand in Singapore for their unbeatable Bak Kwa. You will have to Q for at least 6 hrs during Chinese New Year, to get yr hands on these!
You can also get them from Bee Chang Hiang (Mei Zheng Xiang) shops. They have a outlet along Orchard Rd, besides Robinson Shopping Centre.
The aroma will draw you in....
Chinatown is where the Chinese immigrants lived, worked and played.
You can see the oldest Hokkien temple, Thian Hocke Kend and the oldest Indian temple, Sri Mariamman Temple.
Don't forget to drop by Smith Street, Chinatown Market and Hong Lim Hawker Centre for cheap and good local food.
Learn about the rich cultural history of old Chinatown at the Chinatwon Heritage Centre at Pagoda Street for S$8.
There are a few budget hotels like, Hotel 81, tropical inside Chinatown. Furama and Merchant Court hotels are just near by.
Best time to visit Chinatown is just before Chinese New Year. Lots of stall selling festive goods are setup. and Chinatown will be brightly lighted up.
You may take the MRT and alight at Chinatown (NEL) or Outram Park Station.
Around Chinatown, and indeed elsewhere in Singapore, are a number of health centres and massage places. Quality and prices are variable, the lowest rate being about 35 SGD for an hour. At the top of the scale is Sensual Massage at 62A Temple Street. The receptionist told me that this is the only sensual massage place on the island but didn't go into great detail about what a sensual massage consists of, compared to a regular massage. I would like to have found out but the price was a bit steep. Maybe if I'd been going back to the UK I would have treated myself but as I only had a few days to go before returning to Thailand, where I can get an extremely sensual massage for about 30 SGD, I gave it a miss. If anyone goes I'd be interested to hear what it was like. The masseuses look quite delicious. Treatments start at around 65 SGD for something basic and go up to around 200 SGD for the works. Their phone number is +65 6227 5488 (hand phone +65 9244 6516).