Legend has it that because Chinatown Singapore lacked running water in its early days, residents had to haul water in on ox carts, thus the area’s Chinese name translates to “Ox Cart Water”. Here travelers have the opportunity to taste a vast variety of delicacies and browse all kinds of affordable souvenirs. There are also tons of traditional-style buildings, like the Sri Mariamman Temple, Masjid Jamae and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
Chinese Opera Teahouse, Chinese Theatre Circle
Well Dressed Salad Bar & Cafe
Eight Treasures Vegetarian
ST Signature Chinatown (SG Clean)
Hotel 1888 Collections (Staycation Approved)
It may seem strange to find a Chinatown in majority ethnic Chinese country like Singapore, but in the early 19th century most of the inhabitants were in fact non Chinese. Chinese settlers arriving from China tended to settle in Chinatown and many of them were traders, merchants and shop owners. Today, Chinatown is mostly gentrified and the original trades are largely replaced by souvenir shops, eateries and offices, but the shophouse architecture remains, offering a compelling glimpse into the areas rich historical past.
If you've ever visited China, Singapore's Chinatown neighborhood will bring you right back here. From the small mom-and-pop stores and authentic Chinese food to the bright red lanterns, there's excitement and hustle in this district. You can visit the Chinese Heritage Centre and see the impressive and beautiful Sri Mariamman Hindu temple.
Another temple worth seeing is the Buddha Tooth Relic temple. If you're up early enough (think 4am), you can hear the morning drum ceremony. Or you can just check out the closing ceremony in the evening after viewing the relic.
Heritage markers have been installed throughout the neighborhood in English, Japanese, and simplified Chinese, so visitors can better understand the significance of the area. But this neighborhood is not just a testament to the influence of the Chinese throughout Singapore's past. This is a progressive neighborhood (with free Wi-Fi for all), and it's home to the trendy Ann Siang Hill area, where the quaint bistros and upscale boutiques could be at home in any Western city.
Official site: www.chinatown.sg
If you want to know about local
life in Singapore, you can’t pass up a visit to Chinatown. This is a center
of Chinese culture in Singapore. There was a subway stop right near our hotel
and Chinatown was only two stops away, making it very convenient to visit. If
you want to pick up some local gifts or souvenirs, Chinatown is a great place
to do it. It’s where you’re likely to find the best deal on things like
refrigerator magnets, for example. Of course Chinatown is also famous for its
many restaurants. If you’re looking for some good Chinese food in Singapore,
there’s no better place to find it. Take note of the Al-Abrar Mosque on Telok
Ayer Street, or the Jamae Mosque and the Sri Mariamman Temple, as great
examples of the cultural harmony in Singapore. If nothing else, visit the
famous food markets and stroll around until you find something to satisfy
Chinatown integrates the ancient
and modern in Singapore. Here you’ll find the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
(Buddhism), the Sri Mariamman Temple (Hinduism), and the Jamae Mosque (Islam)
all located near each other, demonstrating the ethnic integration and religious
coexistence in Chinatown. The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple opened in 2008, as a
large 5-story temple. Its design style combines characteristics of Buddhist
mandala and Tang dynasty architecture. Displays of important aspects in
Buddhist history are rich and colorful. The artistic depictions are exquisite
and vividly show important events spanning hundreds of years. Compared to the
newly completed Chinese temples, the most eye-catching building in Chinatown
is a South Indian temple. Sri Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in
Singapore. It is famous for its colorful towers above the entrances. The
temple features statues of various gods, beasts, and artifacts. Every detail
is exquisitely crafted. The temple walls are decorated with lifelike
sculptures of sacred cows. Its magnificence and complexity are amazing.
Generations of Hindus and Singaporeans have regarded this temple tower as a
landmark in Chinatown. Jamae Mosque is not as famous as the other two
temples, but it is one of the oldest mosques in Singapore. The main entrance
and minaret are very distinctive, so it occupies a prominent place in
Chinatown. Together with the nearby Sri Mariamman Temple, it often appears in
early illustrations, photos, and postcards.