Chinatown Singapore is a great place to visit. And no visit to Singapore would be complete without a visit to the Chinatown area.
Singapore’s Chinatown is filled with restaurants, bars, shopping centres, markets selling a wide range of stuff from fruit to touristy souvenirs as well as visiting temples.
- Things To Do in Chinatown Singapore
- Experience Chinatown Street Food
- Visit the Thian Hock Keng Temple
- Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
- Visit the Sri Mariamman Temple
- Check Out the Tintin Shop
- Visit the Chinatown Heritage Centre
- Enjoy The View From Pinnacle @ Duxton
- Visit Ann Siang Hill
- Where To Stay in Chinatown Singapore
- Wrapping Up
Comparing to Singapore in general, Chinatown is a good bit cheaper. And even if you’re not looking to do much shopping, the food alone is more than worth the visit.
Things To Do in Chinatown Singapore
It may not be the largest Chinatown but it’s arguably one of the cleanest.
Here is our list of some of the fun things to do in Chinatown Singapore.
Experience Chinatown Street Food
Chinatown offers both expensive and cheap options, its worth looking around to see what you fancy.
Visiting Chinatown for street foods is definitely one of the more popular things to do in Chinatown Singapore.
Chinatown is famous for its food and you will find a variety of restaurants and street food that offers the dining experience.
Plus is a great opportunity to sample the local food for a tasty and fair price.
Visit the Thian Hock Keng Temple
Thian Hock Keng (literally “Palace of Heavenly Happiness”) also known as the Tianfu Temple, is a temple built for the worship of Mazu (“Ma Cho Po”), a Chinese sea goddess.
The Thian Hock Keng temple has an overwhelming sense of peace. The Thian Hock Keng temple is surrounded by buildings, mostly modern. The perfect contrast to this wonderful piece of Asian architecture.
But unlike other temples in the city Thian Hock Keng feels deserted, with only a few people present to enjoy the place.
It is a photographers dream, full of colour.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is an outstanding four-story temple that is located in the Chinatown area.
The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum was officially started in 2008 and officially opened in 2007.
It is claimed that the relic of Buddha from which it gains its name was found in 1980 in a collapsed stupa in Myanmar.
The relic can be viewed by the public at the 4th floor of the temple.
Remember it’s a Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, so a dress code is expected that dress code. This means, no shorts or short skirts and no off the shoulder shirts.
Visit the Sri Mariamman Temple
The Sri Mariamman Temple is Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple. It was built-in 1827, just eight years after the East India Company set up a trading settlement in Singapore.
The temple has undergone numerous restorations but still preserves its heritage, architecture and customs.
The Gopuram entrance is a colourful collection of statues depicting the deities and their animals.
Check Out the Tintin Shop
Well considering there are less than five official stores in Asia, the Tintin shop is worth checking out and just to say you were in a Tintin store.
They have got all sorts of Tintin merchandise from mini figures to notebooks to character figures to models of the various vehicles featured in the series and more!
Visit the Chinatown Heritage Centre
Step back in time at Chinatown Heritage Centre and retrace the footsteps of some of Singapore’s early pioneers. In this center you will be able to experience the culture and history of the Chinese people.
The Heritage Centre has recreated the original interiors of the homes of Chinatown’s early residents who lived in the 1950’s.
Sets of bedrooms, kitchens and street scenes can be seen in eight by eight living quarters where every object tells a story.
Enjoy The View From Pinnacle @ Duxton
Simply, the Pinnacle @ Duxton is a group of seven inter connected 50 storey tower buildings just outside Chinatown.
This building offers full 360 views of urban Singapore, where you can see downtown, Sentosa island and Chinatown.
You will need a tourist Card/EZ Link card so it can be programmed to let you through the turnstile on the 50th floor and also a S$6 fee.
Visit Ann Siang Hill
Ann Siang Hill is a small hill park and is home to mostly restaurants, bars and a few hotels and independent boutiques.
It is a quaint place during the day and it turns into a night spot in the evenings. It is particularly busy at the weekends.
Great place to go to if you want to get away from the glass and concrete.
Where To Stay in Chinatown Singapore
Chinatown Singapore has a good selection of hostels and hotels. Here are a few places to check out and give you an idea of what is available in Chinatown Singapore.
Remember to check the reviews and book a place that suits you interests while traveling.
Hotel 81 Chinatown
Rating 6.9, $65 for a Double Room
Hotel 81 Chinatown is a 5-minute walk from the MRT Station. WiFi is free throughout the hotel. Rooms are fitted with cable TV. Each room has a private bathroom with hot shower.
The Bohemian Chic
Rating 8.6, $45 for a Double Room
The Bohemian Chic features shared lounge for guests to enjoy a laid-back evening. Rooms come with a shared bathroom. Toothpaste, toothbrush and toiletries are provided. WiFi is free throughout the hotel.
The Southbridge Hotel
Rating 8.0, $90 for a Double Room
Located just 350m from Chinatown MRT Station and steps from transport links and shopping outlets. It provides comfortable accommodation and WiFi is free throughout the hotel.
The rooms at Hotel Southbridge are fitted with comfortable beds, air conditioning and a flat-screen TV.
Finally, Chinatown is definitely a must visit place in Singapore. Once you visit Chinatown, you will have plenty of things to discover and with many more things to do in Chinatown Singapore.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on the things to do in Chinatown Singapore has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.