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Chinatown Heritage Center – Located on Pagoda Street in Singapore.

The Chinatown Heritage Centre is located on Pagoda Street which provides an overview of the life of early Chinese settlers in Chinatown in Singapore.


• Chinese settlement by Raffles.
• Chinatown Heritage Centre (CHC) presents an enriching insight into Chinatown’s diverse history and cultural heritage.
• There are three beautiful and authentically restored shop houses located in this centre.
• The centre is spread over 3 stories.
• It has 15 exhibition galleries.
• It re-creates the squalid living quarters of the early Chinatown residents.
• It takes one to a journey to a time when early Chinese immigrants risked their lives in search of a better life in Singapore.

Levels of Chinatown Heritage Center

# Level 1
• It represents how life was in old days.
• Almost everyone lived in rented cubicles of shop houses.
• The ground floor of the shop houses were normally used for various businesses.
• They were doubled up as sleeping quarters at night.
• The second and third floors were each subdivided into seven or eight small cubicles.
• They were let out to tenants who had to share a common toilet and kitchen.

# Level 2
• One will learn about how harsh conditions in the migrant’s native country led to many of them flocking to Singapore
• It represents that the lives of the immigrants during the early years were hard.
• The dark and dim setting of the galleries on this level serves as a reminder to the suffering ancestors faced.

# Level 3
• It showcases the ‘golden years’ of Chinatown.
• The gallery paints a bright and colourful picture of life in the early 50s.
• This is much in contrast to that of Level 2.

# Kopitiam at Level 1
• This is a coffee shop that gives visitors the feel of life in the olden days and complements it with a modern menu
• Treat your senses to the smell of freshly brewed cappuccinos and lattes.

General Information

• Add: Chinatown Heritage Centre, 48 Pagoda Street (S) 059207
• Tel: (+65) 6325 2878
• Web: www.chinatownheritage.com.sg
• Special Promotions with the following cards:
DBS, POSB, UOB OCBC, SAFRA, NTUC & Senior Citizen cards – $4.00 (adult), $2.00 (child)
• Guided Tours: Please call or approach our counter staff to arrange for guided tours.
• Opening Hours: 9am to 8pm daily (last entry at 7pm)
• Admission Charges: Adult – $10, Child (3-12years) – $6
• Group Tours: For group/corporate/school tours, please contact us at (65) 633-TOURS (868-77) or email us at chc@ducktours.com.sg

Places to see in Singapore

1. Beaches and Tourist Resorts
• Three beaches on Sentosa and its southern islands.
• East Coast.

2. Culture and Cuisine
• Chinatown for Chinese treats
• Little India for Indian flavors
• Kampong Glam (Arab St) for a Malay/Arab experience
• East Coast for delicious seafood

3. History and Museums
• The Bras Basah area east of Orchard.
• North of the Singapore River: Singapore’s colonial core

4. Nature and wildlife
North and West
• Singapore Zoo
• Night Safari
• Jurong Bird Park
• Botanical Gardens
• Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
• Pulau Ubin, an island off the Changi Village in the east
• Tortoise and turtle sanctuary in the Chinese Gardens on the west side of town

5. Skyscrapers and Shopping
• Orchard Road
• Singapore River
• Bugis and Marina Bay

6. Places of Worship
• Vast Kong Meng San Phor Kark
• Monastery near Ang Mo Kio
• Colorful Sri Mariamman Hindu temple in Chinatown
• Psychedelic Burmese Buddhist Temple in Balestier
• Stately Masjid Sultan in Arab Street

Things to do in Singapore

• Golfing
• Surfing
• Scuba diving
• Ice skating
• Snow skiing
• Gambling
• Races
• Spas
• Swimming
• Water-skiing
• Wake-boarding
• Windsurfing
• Canoeing
• Cable-Skiing
• Wave surfing

Best time to visit/climate

– Singapore is located a mere 1.5 degrees north of the Equator.
– Weather is usually sunny with no distinct seasons.
– Rain falls almost daily throughout the year.
– Most rainfall occurs during the northeast monsoon (November to January).
– Between May and October, forest fires in neighboring Sumatra can also cause dense haze.
The temperature averages around:
– 30°C (84°F) daytime, 24°C (76°F) at night in December and January.
– 32°C (90°F) daytime, 26°C (81°F) at night for the rest of the year.

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How to get to Chinatown Heritage Center?

Chinatown Heritage Center is located at 48 Pagoda Street. Singapore 059207.

1. By Car
• Pagoda Street is a pedestrianized shopping area and does not allow vehicular access.
• Drop off at adjoining streets i.e. Temple Street and Mosque Street, or main roads nearby i.e. New Bridge Road and South Bridge Road.
• Parking is available at the public car park adjacent to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, URA centre and People’s Park Center.

2. By MRT
• Nearest MRT station: Chinatown Station (NE4).

3. By Bus
• South Bridge Road, opposite Sri Marimman Temple: 166, 197
• New Bridge Road, at New Bridge Centre: 2, 12, 33, 54, 63, 124, 143, 147, 147A, CT18, CT8
• Upper Cross Street, opposite Hong Lim Complex: 51, 63, 124, 174, 174e, 186

How to get to Singapore?

1. By Plane
• Singapore is one of Southeast Asia’s largest aviation hubs.
• The easiest way to enter Singapore is by air in addition to flag-carrier Singapore Airlines.
• Its regional subsidiary is SilkAir.
• Singapore is also home to low-cost carriers Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia and Scoot.
• Changi airport: The country’s main airport and major regional hub status.
• Seletar Airport: Seletar Airport is Singapore’s first airport.

2. By Road
• Singapore is linked by two land crossings to Peninsular Malaysia.
• The Causeway is very popular.

3. By Bus
There are buses to/from Kuala Lumpur (KL) and many other destinations in Malaysia through the Woodlands Checkpoint and the Second Link at Tuas.
Major operators include:
– Aeroline
– First Coach
– NiCE
– Transnasional
– Transtar

4. By Train
• Singapore is the southern terminus of Malaysia’s Keretapi Tanah Melayu network.
• There are two day trains (the Ekspres Sinaran Pagi and Ekspres Rakyat) and a sleeper service (Ekspres Senandung Malam) daily from Kuala Lumpur.
• A day train (the Lambaian Timur departing Singapore at 4:45AM).
• Sleeper (Ekspres Timuran departing at 6PM) daily along the “Jungle Railway” between Singapore and Gua Musang.

5. By Boat
Getting to/away from the ferry terminals:
• HarbourFront FT: Located next to HarbourFront MRT station.
• Tanah Merah FT: Get off at Bedok MRT station and catch bus No. 35 to ferry terminal.
• Changi FT: No bus stop nearby, take a taxi from Changi Village or Tanah Merah MRT.
• Changi Point FT: Take bus No. 2, 29 or 59 to Changi Village Bus Terminal and walk to the ferry terminal.

6. Cruises
• Star Cruises offers multi-day cruises from Singapore to points throughout Southeast Asia, departing from HarbourFront FT.
• Common destinations include: Malacca, Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Penang, Langkawi, Redang and Tioman in Malaysia, as well as Phuket,Krabi, Ko Samui and Bangkok in Thailand.
• There are also several cruises every year to Borneo (Malaysia),Sihanoukville (Cambodia), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and even some 10 night long hauls to Hong Kong.

Some travel books from Amazon about Singapore

Lonely Planet Singapore Frommer’s Singapore Day by Day Malaysia and Singapore

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at hotels.online.com.sg
Hotels at expedia.co.in

Blogs/Sites about Chinatown Heritage Centre

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