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 loads of restaurants, bars, shopping centres, markets selling a wide range of stuff from fruit to touristy souvenirs as well as visiting museums and religious temples.
To get to Chinatown there is the MRT or public bus. MRT is the fastest compared to public buses. If you are taking buses, get off at Eu Tong Sen Street. And if using the MRT, get off at the Chinatown MRT station.
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.
It may not be the largest Chinatown but it’s arguably one of the cleanest. Here is a few 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. This 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 and 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. This is one of the top things to do in Chinatown 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.
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.
Where to Stay on Chinatown Singapore
Chinatown Singapore has a fair selection of hostels and hotels. Here are a few places to check out and give you an idea of what is available in Chinatown if you are planning to visit 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 enjoys a central location in Chinatown, a 5-minute walk from the MRT Station. The affordable accommodation is housed in a conserved building, exuding an old-world charm. WiFi is free throughout the hotel.
Guest rooms are fitted with cable TV and tea/coffee-making facilities. Each room has a private bathroom with hot shower.
The Bohemian Chic
Rating 8.6, $45 for a Double Room
The Bohemian Chic features a games room and a shared lounge for guests to enjoy on a laid-back evening.
The rooms come with a shared bathroom. Toothpaste, toothbrush and toiletries are provided. The hostel features free WiFi throughout the property.
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, in-house dining options and free internet access in all rooms.
The rooms at Hotel Southbridge are fitted with comfortable beds, air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. Bottled water is provided daily. Guests enjoy complimentary use of a handy smart phone.
Galaxy Pods @ Chinatown
Rating 7.9, $55 for a Double Room
Located within the vibrant Chinatown district, Galaxy Pods @ Chinatown offers accommodations with futuristic-style space beds in Singapore.
Self-contained pods have air conditioning that is individually-controlled by a touch-screen control panel. Pods are equipped with a personal flat-screen TV, locker and USB charging ports. Bathroom facilities are shared and include free toiletries.
Finally, Chinatown is definitely a must visit place in Singapore. With so much things to do in Chinatown, you can be assured that you will have a great time.
Once you visit Chinatown, you will have plenty of options to visit, explore, discover and with many more things to do in Chinatown Singapore. All you have to do is to choose the activities you prefer and start enjoying what Chinatown has to offer.
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 you go.