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Singapore Chinatown Tours

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Singapore Chinatown
For many visitors, Singapore’s Chinatown is the sightseeing focus of the city, home to traditional shophouses, temples, and cultural heritage. Take a wander down the atmospheric streets, dropping into shophouses to see what’s for sale. Admire the rooftop dragons of Thian Hock Keng Temple, dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea, and the festively gaudy Hindu Sri Mariamman Temple, covered with colorful cows and depictions of the gods. Of course, Chinatown is also the place to go to for great food, especially along Smith Street.

The Basics
When Sir Stamford Raffles divided up Singapore among its ethnic groups, the Chinese immigrants received the largest portion of land. Today Chinatown remains one of the city’s most vibrant and popular neighborhoods, and visitors have a wealth of options for experiencing it. Catch the highlights—including Thian Hock Keng Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple, Maxwell Road Hawker Centre, and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple—on an evening trishaw, riverboat, and walking tour of the neighborhood, or treat your tastebuds to a food tour of Chinatown’s best bites. The neighborhood is included in many Singapore sightseeing tours, and it’s also a stop on the hop-on hop-off bus.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Singapore’s Chinatown is a must for first-time visitors and foodies.
  • Experience the neighborhood as part of a city-wide sightseeing tour or dive deep on a dedicated Chinatown food tour or trishaw ride.
  • There’s a lot to see (and buy, and eat) in Chinatown, so don’t forget to wear comfortable walking shoes.

How to Get There
The easiest way to reach Chinatown is to take the MRT to Chinatown Station and exit toward Pagoda Street.

When to Get There
Shopping the markets of Chinatown is best during the late afternoon or early evening, to see the major attractions before the neighborhood’s night market and nightlife scene begins to pick up. The district is particularly lively in the months leading up to Chinese New Year, with decorations and lights adorning the streets and stalls.

Understanding Singapore’s Chinese Heritage
To truly understand Singapore you have to understand its many ethnic influences, including that of its sizable Chinese population. One of the best places to do so is at the Chinatown Heritage Centre. This museum comprises re-created scenes depicting day-to-day life of Singapore’s Chinese immigrants from the 1950s onward, with stories of how they went from being mere visitors to the largest ethnic group in the country.
Address: Smith Street, 058971, Singapore
Admission: Free
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Chinatown Heritage Centre Ticket

Save time on the day by booking your admission ticket for the Chinese Heritage Centre in advance. You won’t need to print this e-ticket, which grants you access to all of the exhibits inside the museum. Highlights include recreations of early Chinese homes in Singapore and personal anecdotes from the first Chinese settlers.
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Singapore's Chinatown Trishaw Night Tour with TransferNight Cruises

Singapore's Chinatown Trishaw Night Tour with Transfer

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Experience central Singapore during the vibrant evening hours with this Chinatown tour by trishaw and riverboat. With a guide, walk through the bustling Night Market and learn about the history of Singapore’s Chinatown. Shop for bargains as you wander through this captivating district, indulge in dinner, and take a thrilling trishaw ride through Little India and Bugis Village. Then, cruise along the Singapore River on a bumboat to admire the city skyline lit up at night.
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Take a Singapore city tour to orient yourself with popular districts like Chinatown, Little India and Marina Bay. A great activity for the start of your trip, this half-day tour introduces you to top attractions like the Merlion, colonial landmarks like City Hall and cultural sites like Thian Hock Keng Temple. A stop at the UNESCO-listed botanical gardens is also included along the way.
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Discover the culinary delights of Singapore’s Chinatown on a walking tour that includes a hawker center and other food sites. With a guide, visit the Chinatown Complex to sample authentic dishes like Singaporean chicken rice and spring rolls. Try sugar cane juice, ‘pulled’ tea and 'chwee kueh' (water rice cake) and pass by temples and other cultural sights while learning about the neighborhood’s diverse culinary heritage. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people to provide a more personalized experience.
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Uncover the Gems of Chinatown Singapore

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3 Hours Chinatown Tour from SingaporePrivate Sightseeing Tours

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To truly get a handle on Chinese culture, it pays to have a guide. Join a small group and local guide to venture deep into the soul of Chinatown, from its colorful past of opium dens and brothels to its vibrant present. Learn about Chinese medicines and beliefs as you visit a Chinese pharmacy and a funeral store, and leave with personalized recommendations of where to dine.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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Should I book Singapore Chinatown tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Singapore Chinatown can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 105 Singapore Chinatown tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Singapore Chinatown 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Singapore Chinatown costs USD 12.50. Guided Singapore Chinatown tours start around USD 12.50 per person. See all 105 Singapore Chinatown tickets and tours on Viator.
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