Chinatown Heritage Centre, Singapore

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Relive the life and times of Singapore's early Chinese migrants at Chinatown Heritage Centre, a visual representation of the area's colorful history. The center is made up of three restored shophouses within the country's Chinatown district, which have been restored to depict the living conditions experienced by migrants in the 1950s. The center paints a picture of the hardships migrants experienced, as told by pictures, stories, and artifacts within. Sneaky gambling rooms, shady secret societies, tight corridors, and cramped living quarters are among the recreated experiences. Stop by the gift shop on the way out, or visit the on-site restaurant for a quick bite to eat. Arrange to visit Chinatown Heritage Centre and other attractions in Singapore using our Singapore trip builder website .
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  • An excellent multi-story museum that tells the many stories of Chinese immigrants to Singapore. The building was previously the site of a tailor's shop on the ground floor, and various living quarters...  more »
  • Located in Chinatown. This is a great place to stay in Singapore. The audio guide is available, and if you add money, it seems to be a real guide. I heard the audio carry around and I have no choice in Korean. It was very cool, clean and really informative.
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  • The original museum in the cattle car water a very good place to find, there are many people at the door. Fares are not expensive, and will provide a explainer machine, a variety of common languages. It will take nearly two hours to finish the tour if you listen to all the contents of the explainer.
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  • Welcome back to Singapore in the early 60s! Catch a glimpse into the resilience, tenacity and hopeful spirit of the forefathers who help build the nation through difficult times. History unfolds as you journey through time. This place has translation sets to help explain the perspectives, thoughts and emotions of those who lived through those days. Not to be missed if you were to visit Chinatown!
  • Such a wonderful place to visit that it shows the old Chinese culture and the way of living at that time. Many things to see and learn from the history. Located at Pagoda Street Chinatown that it is very easy to reach this place. Go to exit A from the Chinatown MRT Station. It is surrounded by gift shops, souvenir shops, and restaurants.
  • The Chinatown Heritage centre is an amazing step back in Singapore's history. The building provides an insight into the various lives lived in the shophouses, as well as a glimpse into the development of Singapore over the last seventy years. More impressively, the site allows for greater immersion via all of the senses. I highly recommend this to tourists and those interested in Singapore's history.
  • Good place to learn about Chinese history.. Requires at least an hour to go through all the exhibits and recordings.. they provide tablets containing videos about each section. There are also other displays about various topics like the immigrants history, culture etc..worth a visit if you have sufficient time.. you can also visit nearby Buddha Temple and mariamman temple . Lot of shops around also..
  • Absolutely stunning exhibition. With the audio guide makes you believe you have travelled back in time. Takes a long time to go through but it is well worths it. Also gives a lot of hints what else to do in town.
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Visitors can learn more about the pioneers who came from China to start a new life in Singapore and their contributions toward nation-building. This is where visitors can trace the footsteps of Singapore’s early pioneers and discover the personal stories of people who made Chinatown their home. Housed in three adjacent restored shophouses along Pagoda Street, the Chinatown Heritage Centre is a museum that offers insights into the lives of early migrants from China, who left their villages and travelled to Singapore in hopes of a better life.