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Chinatown
Singapore

Chinatown which includes religious elements, interior views and a temple or place of worship

The rich cultural history of Singapore's Chinese population is waiting to be discovered, along with some of the finest food in the city.

Since 1330, immigrants from China have made the area around Pagoda Street their first port of call on arrival in Singapore. Indeed, this neighbourhood was the first in the world to gain the name “Chinatown”. While Chinese people are Singapore's main ethnic group, this quarter represents the strongest expression of their identity. Tradition and history can be explored in the China Heritage Centre, in its many markets, and in the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. The interior of the temple is bedecked in opulent reds and golds, and Buddhist ceremonies take place regularly – you are welcome to stay and observe.

A guided walking tour is an informative way to delve deeper into the background of the area, or if you prefer, you can follow the Chinatown tour yourself. The beginning point of the tour is the China Heritage Centre, offering a sense of what life was like in the city for early arrivals. The Sri Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, and its design is a very pleasing example of the South Indian style. Other traditional architecture to be found here includes the emblematic Chinese shop-houses, which are still in use to this day.

Smith Street, or 'Food Street' to the locals, is the best place in Chinatown to satisfy your hunger. Singapore Noodles have become world famous, and you can check out the real thing here. Bak kut (pork rib soup) is also a big favourite.

Chinatown is found in the centre of the city, within easy walking distance of most other central attractions. Parking is available on nearby streets, as well as a range of public transportation, including taking the MRT train to 'Chinatown' station. The area is open daily, and is free to enter.


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KēSa House, The Unlimited Collection by Oakwood
KēSa House, The Unlimited Collection by Oakwood
3.5 out of 5
55 Keong Saik Rd., Singapore
The price is AU$112 per night from 23 May to 23 May
Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and Chinatown Heritage Center. Singapore General Hospital ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (53 reviews)
"The rooms are as advertised. The check-in process was "seamless" for the pandemic situation now are facing. Staffs were warm and friendly! Love the design/ambience, the soundproofing between room is done well. 2 minor things to highlight - the bathroom is a little small and a timely check on door ..."

Reviewed on 5 May 2021

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The Scarlet Hotel (SG Clean)
The Scarlet Hotel (SG Clean)
4 out of 5
33 Erskine Road, Singapore
The price is AU$174 per night from 1 Jun. to 1 Jun.
Located in Chinatown, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, Chinatown Heritage Center, and Thian Hock Keng ...
4.2/5Excellent! (998 reviews)
Cozy Boutique
"Small cozy rooms but if you like something a little on the dreamy side this boutique hotel is for you...located very conveniently next to Singapore's vibrant and colorful China town and just a half hour by foot away from all the downtown attractions. Would definately come back and stay here ..."

Reviewed on 22 Mar. 2020

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Dorsett Singapore (SG Clean)
Dorsett Singapore (SG Clean)
4 out of 5
333 New Bridge Road, Singapore
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Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Chinatown Heritage Center, Raffles City and Gardens by the Bay. Orchard Road and Singapore Flyer are ...
4.2/5Very Good! (989 reviews)
"Privacy nice customer service . Rooms were well kept"

Reviewed on 21 Feb. 2021

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Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore (SG Clean)
Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore (SG Clean)
4.5 out of 5
100 Peck Seah Street, Singapore
The price is AU$255 per night from 20 May to 20 May
Located in Chinatown, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and Thian Hock Keng Temple. Raffles Place and Merlion ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (763 reviews)
"Unique architecture with eco-features to project a sense of a relaxing urban sanctuary."

Reviewed on 3 May 2021

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Hotel Soloha @ Chinatown (SG Clean)
Hotel Soloha @ Chinatown (SG Clean)
4 out of 5
12 Teck Lim Rd, Singapore
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The price is AU$116 per night from 26 May to 26 May
Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and Chinatown Heritage Center. Thian Hock Keng Temple and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (55 reviews)
A wonderful staycation. Looking forward to next.
"Very new hotel. Bright and colourful. Love the concept. Love the loft. Good service extended to us. Had a good chat with Grayson. Overall, we are so happy to be able to have a nice staycation at Soloha Hotel. Will consider coming back to Soloha again."

Reviewed on 31 Oct. 2020

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M Hotel Singapore (SG Clean)
M Hotel Singapore (SG Clean)
4.5 out of 5
81 Anson Road, Singapore
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Located in Chinatown, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, Raffles Place and Merlion. Thian Hock Keng Temple and ...
4.2/5Very Good! (999 reviews)
"Requested for a smoking during the booking, which has a choice box. On checking in, was told there is no smoking room in the hotel at all, they had make it 100% non-smoking room a few weeks ago. When I enter the room, I can smell tobacca and I saw a card on the desk (please see attached images) saying ..."

Reviewed on 27 Mar. 2020

M Hotel Singapore (SG Clean)
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