Chinatown is one of the interesting quarters of Singapore. Originally created by the British, who placed various Chinese immigrants, mostly by ethnic groups in defined areas. The British did this with all the Singaporean ethnic groups. Chinatown is a living breathing part of life here. They have a great wet market(wonderful fruits and veggies)-but just watch out for the turtles and frogs for sale (quite sad). Lovely architecture. One of the best times to witness life in Chinatown is a few days before the Lunar New Year or Dumpling festival. In the evening, there is a little night baazar (very tame compared to Bangkok), but still pleasant to walk through at night. On Smith Street-it is lined with hawkers, selling mostly Chinese food. Supposedly the government approached some of the best hawkers to set up shop here. Try the popiah-it's one of my favorites.
Chinatown is a must visit, the old Chinese-colonial shophouses have been gutted, refurbished and repainted in bright pastels. It is one of the most picturesque areas in Singapore and also hosts lots of temples. Many of the traditional businesses have been replaced by fashionable restaurants, bars and expensive shops.
Suppose this is the most organized and cleanest Chinatown in the world. At least I know that its totally different from what its like in Bangkok.
This might be the best place to stay when you're in Singapore. Lots of food shops, hawkers, restaurants around. Surrounded with places to shop. Best place to buy gifts for your folks back home. Quite a few hotels. Everything you want I suppose is here.
I loved ChinaTown here in Singapore, there are some wonderful restaurants, a great shopping centre and some beautiful temples.
Its as always in Singapore a very clean and safe place to wander around....I found a brilliant shop here that sold everything imaginable in Chinese Herbal Remedies...and so I stocked up on the brilliant "Tiger Balm"! Ive run our so I must go back soon!! Lol*
It`s pretty clean by `World Chinatown` standards, but definitely a Singapore experience not to be missed. The sights and scents of China are unmistakeable as you wander the streets here.
There are tea houses, grocery stores, enthusiastic vendors, restaurants and endless trinket shops. `$4 each or 3 for $10` is the most common sign you will see in Chinatown shopfronts. It is certainly one of the cheapest places to buy Singapore souvenirs, and bargaining is acceptable.
Chinatown..... a place to visit and experience the pre-war British colonial houses. They are architectually magnificient !!!
Chinatown History ......... back in the old days, due to the site and location near the Singapore River, its a venue where "tokangs" (old transport boats) unload their goods like rice, which is the stable food for locals here.
During the Chinese Lunar New Year, usually in the month February, the area becomes highly lighted up with lights and becomes festive with many small make shift stalls selling local chinese delights which is not sold on other days of the calendar year.
In my uncultured state of affairs, I had never been to a china town before and if they are all like this I would want to go to others. There were vendors of every kind including food, souvenirs, and antiques all mixed in together on the same blocks. I found gifts for everyone on my list. Do shop around if you wish to buy - many times you can find something for $5 more/less just down the street. My best buy to date was at an antique shop. The nice gentleman was selling old porcelain for 3/$10 obviously they were not worth a lot of money but they were very pretty and exactly what I wanted to decorate my Asian inspired room back home. Most of the salesmen were not too pushy.
A great place to sample not only the wares of the Chinese, but the diversity as well! Fabulous food, and if you go during the Chinese New Year festivities like we did, you'll get to see quite a few performances on the streets.
Definitely a good place to wonder about and let things surprise you. We picked up a good number of souvenirs as well as a new hand tailored suit for Stephen of amazing quality from Master Hand tailor. Within Chinatown, be sure to keep a look out for temples, as they're tucked in corners just off the main thoroughfares.
It's not different from others China in the world that full with colorful building and food but The china town in SIA is so clean and i appreciated with the way they had renovated this district espcially around Far east sq.They can design the new architecture along with the old building it''s good job
It' absolutely the most beautyful and "true" chinatown i've never seen in my travels.
Plenty of amazing colours, smells, views.
It's a wonderful face of singapore!
In few words: the tourist MUST come here!
China Town is a very good place, as Little India, to spend a hole day, walking arround. Its also a very good place to look for a hotel. Everything is very save and clean, so ... as in this part of Singapore the streets are little and everything is near, you can find everything you nead for have a nice time. Many chinese shops and interestings antiques shops and the most nice Hindu temple and many many medical shops.
Chinatown near Singapore River, was the heart of the city's trading activity in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Restoration traditional shop-houses, full of colour, yellows, pinks, blues, greens.
Shops of souveniers, antiques along Pagoda and Trengganu Street.
English is spoken; most everyone in Singapore is at least bilingual. It's a colorful mix of Chinese (all taught Mandarin), Tamil Indians, and Malays and there are a wide variety of foods to try. (Note: bring your own napkins/tissue paper, local eateries tend not to provide them, and try the ice desserts--shaved ice with various toppings).
The Chinatown is being developed and replaced by large shopping malls and restaurants. Temple Street, however, still retains some of the old world charm with outdoor bazaars and sidewalk eateries.