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.
Once an enclave for Singapore’s Chinese immigrant population, the Chinatown of today is a vibrant neighborhood enchanted by historic temples, hip bars and trendy lifestyle shops.
Chinatown is the best place to gain an insight into Singapore’s rich, multi-ethnic culture. This vibrant neighbourhood is home to myriad different cultures and is the only Chinatown in the world to boast a Buddhist temple, a mosque and a Hindu temple along a single street.
The Sri Mariamman Temple built in 1827 by the immigrants from South India is dedicated to Goddess Mariamman, known for her power to cure illnesses and diseases.
With its distinctive front gate and minarets, Masjid Jamae Mosque has been a prominent landmark in Chinatown for nearly 200 years. It has an eclectic architectural style, borrowing elements from both East and West.
The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum is a majestic place of worship home to an artifact of religious reverence. Its richly designed interiors and comprehensive exhibits on Buddhist art and history tell stories of culture over thousands of years old.
Those who are visiting Singapore during Chinese New Year will be amazed by the Lion Dances which are performed in Chinatown during the Chinese New Year. The lion dance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture and other Asian countries in which performers mimic a lion’s movements in a lion costume to bring good luck and fortune.
Singapore’s Chinatown is not only a great place for fun and leisure and for exploration of culture and tradition, but 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 Chinatown. You may either try their Chinese delicacies or explore what their restaurants have to offer.
So, what are you waiting for? Come and try all these at the Chinatown in Singapore!