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ChinatownSingapore

Take in the pretty architectural character of this area, before tucking into some exquisite Chinese cuisine.

It goes without saying that Singapore's Chinatown is less of an ethnic enclave than most of the world's other Chinatowns. At the same time, this is one of the world's oldest and most evocative Chinatowns. History can be found at every turn, while the eating scene is superb. The inhabitants of Chinatown actually refer to this area as Niu Che Shui. This translates as 'bull water cart', which was the main means of transporting this commodity back in the 19th century.

Take in Chinatown's extraordinary architecture while walking along the historic Pagoda Street. Once rife with slaves and opium dens, this is now a well-preserved stretch of the Chinatown Historic District. Visit the Chinatown Heritage Centre to find out about the first Chinese settlers. Then stroll through Pagoda Street's market, taking note of the Victorian architecture which was introduced by the Raffles Town Plan of 1822. Trengganu Street and Temple Street are further examples of Chinatown's pretty architecture – baroque and Italianate buildings with balconies painted in different pastel hues.

Next, head to the Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore's oldest Hindu place of worship, and marvel at its Dravidian-style architecture. The Al-Abrar Mosque is a less imposing, but a nonetheless attractive addition to your itinerary. Another impressive place of worship is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, which often hosts colourful ceremonies within its opulent red and gold walls.

Finding decent food in Chinatown is easy. Smith Street is particularly revered for its cuisine. Take your pick from pork rib soup, fish ball noodles and Char Kway Teow (noodles fried up with fresh cockles). Dine alfresco in the evening for the full effect – fairy lights, traditional Chinese music and locals eating with gusto.

Chinatown is in downtown Singapore and serviced by the Chinatown MRT station. Numerous buses pass through the area as well. Chinatown is open all the time and is free to enter.


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Dorsett Singapore
Dorsett Singapore
4 out of 5
333 New Bridge Road, Singapore
The price is SG$122 per night from 16 Feb to 17 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Chinatown Heritage Center, Raffles City and Gardens by the Bay. Orchard Road and Singapore Flyer are ...

4.2/5Very Good! (998 reviews)

"Amazing staffs and very nice location!"…"

Reviewed on 11 Mar,2020

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Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore
Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore
4.5 out of 5
100 Peck Seah Street, Singapore
The price is SG$264 per night from 21 Feb to 22 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Chinatown, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and Thian Hock Keng Temple. Raffles Place and Merlion ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (743 reviews)

"Great location; relatively clean room though the cleanliness of the bathroom could be improved. Bed was comfortable, and front desk staffs were helpful and courteous. Booked a 2D1N stay to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday and the staff very kindly prepared a cake. Complimentary carpark ticket is ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Jan,2021

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M Hotel Singapore
M Hotel Singapore
4.5 out of 5
81 Anson Road, Singapore
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Located in Chinatown, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, Raffles Place and Merlion. Thian Hock Keng Temple and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (999 reviews)

"The robot is cute! The hotel is a bit worn, can see some dark patches in the toilet. But overall, it’s pretty good for the price."…"

Reviewed on 26 Mar,2020

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Hotel 1887 The New Opera House
Hotel 1887 The New Opera House
3 out of 5
25 Trengganu Street, Entrance on Smith Street, Singapore
The price is SG$81 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Chinatown, this hotel is steps away from Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and Chinatown Heritage Center. Raffles Place and Thian Hock Keng Temple ...

3.7/5Good! (154 reviews)

"Facilities in the room to limited. Sleeping bed too low."…"

Reviewed on 25 Dec,2020

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The Southbridge Hotel
The Southbridge Hotel
3.5 out of 5
210 South Bridge Road, Singapore
The price is SG$90 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chinatown Heritage Center, Thian Hock Keng Temple and Boat Quay. Raffles Place and Clarke Quay ...

3.9/5Very Good! (657 reviews)

"Location, ease of checking in and out, lively bar, close proximity to eateries."…"

Reviewed on 8 Nov,2020

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Amara Singapore
Amara Singapore
4.5 out of 5
165 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore
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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! (980 reviews)

"Room was not ready in time, but as part of the service recovery, we were offered complimentary afternoon tea. Other than that, the Executive Premier room was newly renovated and splendid. We were even given a late check out at 4pm."…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov,2020

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