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Chinatown Heritage Centre

By: mckenwong on 28 Feb 2013
48 Pagoda Street, Singapore 059207

(+65) 6338 6877

Operating Hours:
Daily from 9am to 8pm (Last entry at 7pm)


For the early settlers, Singapore hardly presented a rosy picture. Indeed, Chinatown during the colonial days was a place of poverty, hardship and often appalling conditions.

Located in Pagoda Street, the Chinatown Heritage Centre reconstructs the life of these early immigrants. Visitors get a glimpse of the cramped living quarters, along with the mood and atmosphere of the times, thanks to the clever use of lighting.

As you wander through the three restored shophouses within the centre, you'd make a journey through time, with various exhibits telling the story of how some lucky settlers went from rags to riches.

So, while immersing yourself in the sights and sounds of Chinatown, do drop by the heritage centre to learn more about a slice of Singapore's history. An admission fee of S$10 is charged per adult and S$6 for children below the age of 12.

For more information, please visit their website.

In Chinese, Singapore's Chinatown is known as Niu che shui 牛车水, which literally means 'bull-cart water') Because of its location, Chinatown's water supply was principally transported by animal-driven carts in the 19th century. Chinatown's Malay name is Kreta Ayer, also with the same meaning.

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