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Chinatown

Btwn New Bridge Road and Cecil Street; Upper Cross Street and Cantonment Road, Singapore 059418 Singapore

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  • ChinatownPro 2014
    Richard
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    5 Mar 07, 2014

    Singapore Chinatown puts many other Chinatowns to shame. This one is the real deal, where you can find authentic Chinese attire like silk shirts and ties that are far cheaper here than in the U.S.

    If you want enjoy real China and HK Street food, Singapore is probably the closest thing you can get outside of China and HK. Every night is night market here; the surprise is that the oldest Hindu Temple, "Sri Mariamman Temple," is located in Chinatown.

    This is definitely a place to visit when you are in Singapore. You can also find some very good deals on camera here but just be aware that some shops are not as friendly as those on Orchard Road are. There is also a train stop here as well. This is probably the safest and cleanest Chinatown.

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    Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)
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    4 Jan 11, 2014

    One of the top tourist highlights in the city state. Chinatown is full of historical buildings, shops, restaurants, and temples. The largest of Singapore's ethnic neighborhoods and a must see.

    Makes a nice base for visiting the city. An excellent alternative to Orchard Road offering much more atmosphere and local culture.

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    4 Jan 04, 2014

    A great place with cheap food, lots of interesting sights (especially for tourists) and great bargains.....
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    well only if you're street smart enough to steer clear from the (obvious) stalls catered for tourists.

    Try the nearby Maxwell food centre for good eats instead of the many (expensive) restaurants along the "Main" Chinatown stretch

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    Stephen Bugno
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    4 Oct 28, 2013

    To be honest, this is my least favorite of all the Chinatown's I've visited in the world. It's just lacking the vibrancy and street life that is usually present in nearly all world Chinatowns. However, I've enjoyed it more on recent visits and do admire the restored colonial buildings and huge Hawker Center...as well as the old Chinese men playing chess.

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    4 Oct 20, 2013

    One of my favourite area in the city, full of history, nice houses, a good variety of places to eat. The "old" Singapore worth a visit beyond skycrappers, shopping malls and other architectural delirious.

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    Frances Nguyen
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    4 Aug 27, 2013

    The Chinatown section of Singapore is very extensive and is filled with shops and restaurants. My favorite part was seeing groups of local men playing games out by the courtyard. There's also a small street full of vendors selling souvenirs and assorted knick knacks.

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    5 Apr 02, 2013

    A must see in Singapore. Amazing food, cheap scrolls and other good buys. One of the best Chinatown's in the world.

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    4 Mar 08, 2013

    Chinatown Singapore is an embodiment of old world Singapore with its traditional colorful row houses. There is a daily FREE walk on offer at 2pm, just sign up at the tourist office near Sago Street.

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    Yanti
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    3 Mar 04, 2013

    I just wished Singapore's China town can be 'more authentic' and offers a unique experience but the development around the area has made it more like any other parts of Singapore. Sometimes, it is good to keep things the way they are just to preserve the authenticity.

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    Amin Leiman
    5 Feb 17, 2013

    Plenty of local delicacies at affordable prices. The old "Pao Pia": (Summer Roll) inside the People's Park food court thankfully is still there. It's a must have! Of course, if you prefer AC the indoor mall still offers affordable Chinese food.

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Singapore’s Chinatown is not only one of the world’s largest, it’s one of the oldest. It became so congested that the government was forced to relocate many of its residents into planned housing in the 1960s. Old shops and tea houses fill the neighborhood, offering a representation of the diversity of the Chinese people. Its buildings are influenced by Baroque and Victorian styles, and several sections of Chinatown are designated as heritage sites. The district today isn’t as densely populated as it once was, especially true as the Chinese now settle elsewhere, becoming the largest ethnic group in Singapore.
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