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ChinatownSingapore

Sample traditional food and visit important historical sites in on of the oldest Chinatowns in the world. 

As the dominant ethnic group in Singapore, the Chinese residents of Singapore have cast an influence over the whole city. But at the heart of the Chinese community sits Singapore’s Chinatown, the first location in the world to be called Chinatown. Since 1330, the area around Pagoda Street has been a hub for the Chinese immigrants in Singapore, and today it remains a fascinating cultural excursion that can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages. Chinatown offers some of the best dining in the city and historical and cultural attractions, like the Chinatown Heritage Centre, the many markets and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. Feel free to enter the temple and take a look around the lavish gold and red interior. If you are lucky you may get to witness a Buddhist ceremony taking place.

Join a walking tour, or embark on your own following the Chinatown trail, to discover the history of the area. Beginning at the Chinese Heritage Centre, see how life was for early immigrants to the city. Make your way to the oldest Hindu temple in the city, the Sri Mariamman Temple, to admire the South Indian architectural style. The architecture in Chinatown is one of its defining features. Particularly charming are the old style shop-houses which are still in operation.

Eat traditional Chinese cuisine on Smith Street, affectionately known by locals as “Food Street.” Here you can try Bak kut, a variety of pork rib soup that is incredibly popular in the city. Other options are the noodle dishes that have become known around the world as Singapore Noodles.

Chinatown is located in the central downtown precinct of Singapore and can be reached on foot from many downtown hotels. Visitors arriving by car will find parking in the nearby streets. Chinatown is well served by public transportation and the Chinatown MRT station is just a minute’s walk away. Chinatown is open daily and there is no fee to visit.

Top Hotels in Chinatown

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Sofitel Singapore City Centre
Sofitel Singapore City Centre
5 out of 5
9 Wallich Street, Singapore, SG
The price is NT$5,342 per night

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 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (191 reviews)

"We are very happy with the Hotel. Very clean, excellent reception services n house keeping. Fully recommended."…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/9

Sofitel Singapore City Centre
Bliss Hotel Singapore
Bliss Hotel Singapore
3 out of 5
62 Upper Cross Street, Singapore
The price is NT$1,837 per night

Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Masjid Jamae and Sri Mariamman Temple. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and Clarke Quay Central ...

3.9/5Very Good! (943 reviews)

"We"…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/16

Bliss Hotel Singapore
Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore
Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore
4.5 out of 5
100 Peck Seah Street, Singapore
The price is NT$4,324 per night

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! (720 reviews)

"Great location and nearby to local foods and supermarkets. Staff was always approachable and friendly."…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/23

Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore
Carlton City Hotel Singapore
Carlton City Hotel Singapore
5 out of 5
1 Gopeng Street, Singapore
The price is NT$4,854 per night

Located in Chinatown, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Maxwell Food Centre and Chinatown Heritage Center. Boat Quay and Merlion Park are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (999 reviews)

"It would be good if the hotel can inform the guest that the breakfast area is closed for renovation before hand. There one day the room was not clean up upon coming back in the afternoon. Overall the experience was good."…"

Reviewed on 2020/4/3

Carlton City Hotel Singapore
M Hotel Singapore
M Hotel Singapore
4.5 out of 5
81 Anson Road, Singapore

Located in Chinatown, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, Raffles Place, and Merlion. Thian Hock Keng Temple and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (997 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 2020/3/26

M Hotel Singapore
ST Signature Tanjong Pagar
ST Signature Tanjong Pagar
2.5 out of 5
32 Tras St, Singapore
The price is NT$1,620 per night

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

4.4/5Excellent! (42 reviews)

"I like how clean and organized the place is. Staff and service was good. Things that I would improve is that maybe offer guests TV in their room and housekeepers to empty clean the room more often. Other than that, it's a great place to stay. Close to Skytrain and foods"…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/17

ST Signature Tanjong Pagar

Popular places to visit in Chinatown

Chinatown Heritage Center
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Chinatown Heritage Center

4/5(325 reviews)

Discover the stories behind one of the world’s biggest Chinatowns at this important cultural museum.

Thian Hock Keng Temple
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Thian Hock Keng Temple

4.5/5(30 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Outram with a stop at Thian Hock Keng Temple. Amble around this vibrant area's marina or experience its fascinating museums.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
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Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

You can spend an afternoon browsing the exhibits at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum during your travels in Outram. Stroll along the marina or visit the shops in this vibrant area.

People's Park Complex
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People's Park Complex

4/5(1 review)

During your trip to Outram, you can find the perfect gifts to bring home at People's Park Complex. Amble around this vibrant area's Chinatown or experience its fascinating museums.

Maxwell Food Centre
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Maxwell Food Centre

4.5/5(7 reviews)

During your visit to Singapore, you can do some window-shopping at Maxwell Food Centre. Discover the fascinating museums and temples in this vibrant area.

Sri Mariamman Temple
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Sri Mariamman Temple

4/5(4 reviews)

Find out about the history of Outram when you spend time at Sri Mariamman Temple. Discover the fascinating museums and temples in this vibrant area.

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4.5/5Wonderful!(168 area reviews)

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Bencoolen