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Chinatown Heritage Centre

48 Pagoda Street, Singapore 059207, Singapore
+65 6224 3928
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The colourful past of Chinatown comes alive within the walls of these three beautifully-restored shophouses on Pagoda Street, comfortably nestled in the midst of Singapore's bustling Chinatown district. Every nook and cranny in the Chinatown Heritage Centre pulsates with the memories of yesteryear, offering an experience like no other as one is transported to Chinatown in the budding years of Singapore's establishment as a seaport. From the desperate hopefulness of the many "Sinkheh" (new migrants) - risking life and limb to embark on an arduous journey from the various Chinese provinces to the promised land of Singapore - to the raw, seedy and underground practices of gambling dens and secret societies, be prepared to experience a sense of nostalgia and sentimentality as you step into the pages of Chinatown's history. The Chinatown Heritage Centre is the only place in Singapore that has recreated the original interiors of its shophouse tenants in the 1950s, offering visitors an honest, revealing glimpse into the lives of Chinatown's early residents.
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48 Pagoda Street, Singapore 059207, Singapore
Chinatown
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+65 6224 3928
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"living conditions"
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"living quarters"
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"early days"
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"early chinese"
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"hard life"
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"pagoda street"
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"early life"
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"tailor shop"
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Reviewed yesterday

The day to day lives of Chinese immigrants is presented through audio, video, models and artefacts, convincingly taking you through the lives of each of families of immigrants sharing the 3 story building. Each room has a story. Fascinating !

Thank Suzanne S
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Reviewed 6 days ago

What n expereince. Looking through the years and seeing how much progress has been made. Must hvae been quite a hard life. Thnk you to all the people who have gone beforeto provide such a lovely life provided now.

Thank Patricia C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went in here and had a very friendly welcome. Audio guides given out, lots to see and really in testing to see how people lived in Chinatown in 50s.

Thank Emma R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sometimes you visit a place not knowing what to expect, and are blown away by how fantastic it is. This is one of those places. The museum is fascinating and we left understanding so much more about Singapore. It is very well layed out and...More

Thank A9107FRandrew
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to visit if you want to know more about Chinatown and how it evolved to the state that it is in. Visited on a Sat morning and went on a Mandarin guided tour with Clinton as our guide. This guy is good at...More

Thank MissyEvilyn
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just loved this place. Well designed and very informative. I love history but my partner who’s not much into history was also amazed by this place. Beautiful storytelling and brings characters to life. Highly recommened for all - locals and visitors. Entry fee was $13...More

Thank GurungPankaj
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth an hour of your time for a look into the past.Gives you an inkling as to how hard life was and how even well educated people had to struggle to survive during the settlement of Singapore.

Thank rearingtogo
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited with our teenage kids and my parents. I had heard good things but not sure what to expect. You are greeted on arrival with an ipad and headphones and can move at your own pace through the various rooms, getting an idea of...More

Thank Dave W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am going to keep this brief otherwise I could go on forever! My visit here was the highlight of my trip to this great city. For anyone who is interested in the beginnings of this financial and retail hub, the Heritage Centre will more...More

Thank Scruffy0506
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There’s an audio guide so you can get a lot of history of the Chinese coming to Singapore. It was a great way to escape the heat of mid day while learning some history

Thank rhondica
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Highadventurer
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article i was refering to written by a spanish reviewer re ‘Overcrowded...’wrongly placed!
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Response from Mike T | Reviewed this property |
I know it's already answered, I just wanted to say it's well worth the money, fascinating museum.
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