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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. By using our Singapore vacation route planner, you can arrange your visit to Chinatown Heritage Centre and other attractions in Singapore.
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  • We were making our way through Chinatown passed all the various Chinese market shops and noticed the entrance to this museum. We found this quite by mistake. We were not disappointed. This museum show...  more »
  • Great place to see the long mixed history of Chinatown in Singapore. Truly an eye opening experience of how life used to be and the contrast with modern Singapore  more »
  • I don't think I've ever been in a museum quite like this one.It's easy to find...very close to the Chinatown MRT and near a lot of other attractions. The museum is not very large but I believe they su...  more »
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  • This place takes some time to adjust to, but it has a unique and interesting way to convey life in the China Town neighborhood back in the days. A lot of thought and detail have been put to this place and a lot of information is available. If you find the subject of Chinese immigration to Singapore interesting, allow 1.5-2 hours for a visit in the Chinatown Heritage Centre.
  • You wouldn't find here only an amazing, well documented and cosy museum, but the most willing and prepared staff that added to my short stay in Singapore, an unforgettable desire of coming back.
  • This place is cheapest shopping centre in Singapore I guess. And the sellers are most chinese people. There is delicious food that made from pork. Very delicious one. You can buy souvenir here.
  • Take a peak into the life of early immigrants to Singapore. Well curated exhibitions. More activities might be better. The audio guide is a little pricey at $3 but adds additional stories and explanations to the otherwise static displays.
  • Beautifully detailed museum representing an oppressive existence. The audio guide helps to get across the dire lives of Chinatown's inhabitants from before the 20th century, and the struggles they faced piled into tiny homes.