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Singapore prides itself for being a multi-racial country with a multicultural past. The diverse cultures of the country's ethnic groups can be seen in heritage districts and communities that grew from the 1822 Singapore Town Plan, which divided the then young British colony into ethnic quarters.

The ethnic neighbourhoods offer a glimpse into the roots of present-day Singapore, along with a unique blend of traditional cuisines and quaint stores that sell trinkets and local wares. They are easily accessed via public transport and are quite close to the city centre, many of them giving travellers a genuine, and sometimes gritty, experience of life in Singapore.

Read on to find out about the heritage of Singapore's ethnic communities, and to learn about the cultural significance of some items you may chance upon in these neighbourhoods.

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