Chinatown

Singapore
Chinatown showing a temple or place of worship, interior views and religious elements

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.


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ST Signature Tanjong Pagar (SG Clean)
ST Signature Tanjong Pagar (SG Clean)
2.5 out of 5
32 Tras St, Singapore
The price is £47 per night from 4 Feb to 5 Feb
Located in Outram, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Club Street, Raffles Place and Singapore City Hall. Marina Bay Sands Skypark and Marina Bay Sands Casino ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (67 reviews)
"Okay"

Reviewed on 11 Dec 2021

ST Signature Tanjong Pagar (SG Clean)
Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore (SG Clean)
Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore (SG Clean)
4.5 out of 5
100 Peck Seah Street, Singapore
The price is £130 per night from 8 Feb to 9 Feb
Located in Outram, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Shenton Way and Raffles Place. Marina Bay Sands Skypark and Marina Bay Sands Casino are also ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (786 reviews)
"Best cleanliness hotel room I have ever encounter. Very cozy and excellent service. My top choice to stay with Oasia Downtown. I would love to try Oasia Novena too!!"

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2021

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The Scarlet Hotel (SG Clean)
The Scarlet Hotel (SG Clean)
4 out of 5
33 Erskine Road, Singapore
The price is £114 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Located in Outram, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Club Street and Raffles Place. Marina Bay Sands Skypark and Marina Bay Sands Casino are ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (992 reviews)
"Very friendly and helpful staff. Nazir and Nigel at the front desk did a wonderful job making guests feel welcome and at home."

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2021

The Scarlet Hotel (SG Clean)
Amara Singapore (SG Clean)
Amara Singapore (SG Clean)
4.5 out of 5
165 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore
The price is £118 per night from 11 Feb to 12 Feb
Located in Chinatown, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Maxwell Food Centre, Sri Mariamman Temple and Chinatown Heritage Center. Boat Quay and ...
4/5 Very Good! (999 reviews)
Pleasant stay.
"In general, it was a pleasant stay. The front desk staff are really friendly. However, despite getting a nice room, apparently they had a smoker in that room prior to our stay and needed to be either spring cleaned or at least sprayed."

Reviewed on 19 Dec 2020

Amara Singapore (SG Clean)
Hotel Mono (SG Clean)
Hotel Mono (SG Clean)
3 out of 5
18 Mosque Street #01-04, Singapore
The price is £62 per night from 8 Feb to 9 Feb
Located in Outram, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Chinatown Point and Raffles Place. Marina Bay Sands Skypark and Marina Bay Sands Casino are also ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (553 reviews)
"Very friendly staff."

Reviewed on 19 Dec 2021

Hotel Mono (SG Clean)
The Southbridge Hotel
The Southbridge Hotel
3.5 out of 5
210 South Bridge Road, Singapore
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The price is £101 per night from 4 Feb to 5 Feb
Located in Outram, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Club Street and Raffles Place. Marina Bay Sands Skypark and Singapore City Hall are also within 1 ...
4/5 Very Good! (680 reviews)
"It is not my first time staying at this property, and each time, we are happy with the cleanliness of the room and restroom."

Reviewed on 1 Jan 2021

The Southbridge Hotel
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