The famous Chinatown in Singapore is a place filled with colorful markets, old temples, and museums that tell the rich history of one of Southeast Asia’s most progressive countries.
There are so many things in Chinatown that sets it apart from the rest of the city: the town boasts of low-rise buildings influenced by the Singaporean culture, traditional cuisines, and symbolic landmarks that show how proud the place is of its heritage. Heavily decorated Chinese, Buddhist, and Hindu temples always invoke awe, while the museums and the colorful markets lining up the street invite visitors to discover them. Making a stop at Chinatown is a great option if you want to see and learn more about Singapore.
Chinatown is located at Pagoda Street, Singapore.
Opening Days and Hours
Chinatown is open anytime. However, establishments only start to open at 11:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Most of the sights at Chinatown charge no admission fee but some places like The Red Dot Museum, Singapore Coins and Note Museum, Chinatown Heritage Center, and Duxton Skybridge charge entrance fees ranging from USD 6 to USD 10.
How to Get There
- From the city center, board a train to Chinatown station.
- Take Exit A to Pagoda Street.
- Solo Travelers/ Backpackers
- Group of friends
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Most of Chinatown’s establishments and attractions do not open until after 11:00. The best time to visit the place is at 12:00.
- Little India
- Gardens by the Bay
- Sentosa Island
There are a great number of restaurants around Chinatown tourists can choose from according to their budget. Tong Heng, and Akbar restaurant for cheap meals; Hometown Restaurant, and Tian Jeen Fong Kee for mid-priced dishes; and Blue Ginger, and Da Paolo for fancier meals.
Find a place to stay among the many hotels available in Chinatown like Amara Hotel, M Hotel, Hotel 1929, Keong Saik Hotel, and Beary Best Hotel which offer accommodation at rates ranging from USD 50 to USD 250.