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Chinatown Heritage Centre, Singapore
(4.2/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Wonderful look back to the 1950's era in Singapore when people had moved in rapidly to start a new life. People were crowded into these shop houses because it was all they could afford. Be sure and ge...  more »
  • had not planned to visit the heritage centre but as i passed decided to pop in. i really enjoyed the centre and found the exhibition to be very interesting and informative 
  • The Heritage Center has opened in this form until January 2016 and is a must for me, if you want to experience an insight in the history of Singapore. The Center is in the middle of Chinatown on multiple levels. Core is a community for several families of insight into the lives of Chinese immigrants in a typical house with a part of a tailor has lived with his family and employees and on the first floor. This is great supported by a multi-media-guide. The third part describes various themes of Chinese culture in Singapore until to Jetztzeit...der guide includes this level still, is also not a disadvantage.
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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.