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Chinese Heritage Centre, Singapore

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#82 of 151 in Sightseeing in Singapore
Landmark Tourist Spot
Built in 1953 and gazetted as a National Monument on the 18 December 1999, the Chinese Heritage Centre is the first organisation to specialise in the study of Chinese communities outside China. Hence, it is most appropriate that the Centre should be housed in the former Nanyang University's historic Administration Block, which itself is a relic of the landmark establishment of the first and only Chinese university outside China, founded by the Chinese overseas.

Visitors will find it pleasant to simply admire the unique architecture of this 1950s building, now a National Monument, or take a stroll in the Yunnan Garden or by the Nantah Lake, right beside the Centre.
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  • We decided to visit the Chinese Heritage Centre during our recent visit to Singapore. Our entry fee included an audio visual guide that was really useful for providing context throughout the tour. The...  more »
  • In the premises of the Nanyang Technological University located in the western end of Singapore. Glimpsing the life of Chinese Museum, admission is a few dollars and not interested in affordable, so on Saturday visited twice, but both put closing. There is occasional extremes often times should be in the Guide at the entrance of the HP open, so that. Be careful.
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  • This was one of the most fun tours I've had in a museum. Everything was well-lit and annotated, but Clinton could have led our group through with no markings at all. He told the stories of the people ...  more »
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  • Wow, what an amazing museum! I cannot praise this place enough! It is such a gem. The exhibition is extremely well curated and the antiques very well protected. The staff members are extremely friendly. You need a good hour for the first two floors, and you need another 30-45 minutes for the last floor.
  • This place was absolutely amazing. The multimedia used was not without flaws but, man, you would really know that a lot of thought and work were put behind creating an audiovisual and tactile experience that would allow the visitor to be pulled in and to walk through what life must have been like for immigrants in early Chinatown and to understand how hard it had truly been. By the end of the tour, that fee you'd paid at the entrance? You'd know it was worth it.
  • As time goes by ... Singapore River 1981. Lots of changes, yes, but the 'Singapore model' is said to be the key factor behind political stability, economic growth, and harmonious social order in this worldfamous city. Due to private ownership museum' s entrance fee might be slightly higher. Visit worthwhile though!
  • Lota of cheap stuff to buy for soveigneers. Good feel.
  • Love this place. My wife and I learnt more of our history

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