Chinatown - one of Singapore's most popular and eclectic urban areas for locals and tourists alike. The history of this area runs deep; with its roots as old as the pioneer days of this young country. Today, you can find a plethora of quaint colourful shophouses lining the streets. Expect to come across small and old businesses offering authentic Chinese products, as well as the famous Maxwell Food Centre; which undeniably churns out the best Singaporean Chinese food enjoyed both by tourists and locals. Stop by Chinatown Complex to discover cheap and tasty local food - including herbal dishes for health benefits and Szechuan spice which leaves a spicy numbing sensation to your palate in some dishes.
Pagoda Street has to be one of Singapore's most buzzing tourist sites. Located in the heart of Chinatown - grab some very Singaporean souvenirs to take home for fond memories, have lunch at one of the Chinese restaurants dotted along the street, and take in the atmosphere of the lively shops around.
Sri Mariamman Temple
Visit the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, located in Chinatown. Built by immigrants originating from South India; the Sri Mariamman Temple dates back to 1827 and is dedicated to the goddess Mariamman - known to cure illnesses and disease. Before, the temple was the only place to recognise a Hindu marriage.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
The iconic king-sized Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is a must-see for tourists, the Tang-styled temple with its grandiose architecture and informative guides tell a story of culture spanning thousands of years. Visit its well-kept secret of a garden on the top floor - you'll be captivated by its serene nature.
SOUTH BRIDGE ROAD, NEW BRIDGE ROAD
Chinatown Pt(05049), Opp Hong Lim Cplx(05131), New Bridge Ctr(05039), Opp Sri Mariamman Tp(05189), People's Pk Cplx(05013)
Alight at Chinatown Station (Blue/Purple line) and explore the area easily by foot, or take a taxi to one of the popular attractions such as Maxwell Food Centre to enjoy Singaporean Chinese cuisine such as homemade dumplings and pau's and Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.