Chinatown Singapore

Singapore’s historic Chinatown is a bustling mix of old and new, filled with traditional shops and markets as well as cool stores and cafes.


  • Gain insights into Singapore’s rich, multi-ethnic culture by visiting some of the country’s oldest places of worship, located in the heart of Chinatown.
  • Don't miss Chinatown Food Street that provides visiting foodies a unique culinary experience.
  • Retrace the footsteps of Singapore’s early migrants at Chinatown Heritage Centre.
  • Enjoy a Chinese Tea at Pek Sin Choon which has over a century of experience in the subtle craft of brewing teas.

The Chinatown in Singapore is an ethnic neighborhood that features distinct Chinese cultural elements and historically concentrated ethnic Chinese population.

It has a mix of old and of course the new ones, it is filled with traditional shops and markets as well as cool stores and cafes which you and your friends will definitely enjoy!

Places of worship in Chinatown Singapore

In the Chinatown, you will see Buddhist Temples and Mosques namely: Sri Mariamman Temple, Jamae Mosque, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple; are built right next to each other.

The Sri Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple found in Singapore. It is a temple dedicated to goddess Mariamman who is known for her power to cure diseases. It is not only a place of worship now but a tourist destination as well.

The Jamae Mosque, which is also known as Masjid Chulia, is one of the oldest mosques in Singapore and have become a prominent landmark in Chinatown since the 1820’s. It has an “Eclectic Style” which were adapted from both the East and the West. It’s one of a kind architecture charms even tourists making it an eye candy in Chinatown.

The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is a Tang – styled Chinese Buddhist Temple that got its name from what the Buddhists regard as the Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic. Come and enjoy its colorful designs that will definitely leave you captivated.


Chinese New Year and Lion Dance

From the awesome rythmic beat mde by the drums to the stunts that will leave your jaw dropped. For those who are in Singapore this coming Chinese New Year, you are very lucky!

Lots of lion dance events are being held in the Singapore Chinatown during this time of the year.

Lion Dance is steeped in tradition and culture. It has gained popularity in a global scale over the years and is now an internationally recognised sport.

Enjoy the scene of passion and tradition!


Food and Shopping in Chinatown Singapore

Singapore’s Chinatown is not only a great place for fun and leisure and for exploration of culture and tradition, it is also a great spot for cheap shopping stores and wonderful dishes that are waiting for you to try.

Satisfy your eyes with great clothes, souvenirs, and other goods in shopping stores and then satisfy your food cravings with restaurants that are found in the Chinatown. You may either try their Chinese delicacies or explore what their restaurants has to offer.

So, what are you waiting for? Come and try all these at the Chinatown in Singapore!


The easiest way to get to Chinatown is to take the MRT subway train to Chinatown station.


During the Chinese New year holiday


Hotel 1929

Located in the bustling heart of Chinatown, Hotel 1929’s modern chic décor is a delightful contrast to the rich heritage of its surroundings.

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