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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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Singapore Self-Guided Audio TourAudio Guided Tours

Singapore Self-Guided Audio Tour

Combine the freedom of independent travel with the organization of a guided tour using this great-value audio guide. Just download the mp3 and map then set off to explore with the narrator as your guide. Learn about Singapore’s history and culture as you stroll areas from Chinatown to the Singapore River, and see sights from Sri Mariamman Temple to St. Andrew’s Cathedral.
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Escape the airport: see Singapore on your layover Full-day Tours

Escape the airport: see Singapore on your layover

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Bust out of the airport (Bruce Willis style) and take to the colorful, eclectic streets of Singapore with one of our local Singapore hosts, seeing all you can in the limited time you have available in the city. We’ll worry about getting you back on time, so you just focus on all the things you’d like to see. Shun airport food for some delicious local treats at a nearby hawker center, soak up the hectic energy of Chinatown, get your cultural kicks in Little India or stretch out those legs in the Supertree Grove. Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You will also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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Chinatown After Dark with Trishaw Ride, Bumboat & DinnerNight Cruises

Chinatown After Dark with Trishaw Ride, Bumboat & Dinner

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Streets Alive Singapore Walking Tour (Chinatown Edition)Historical & Heritage Tours

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Chinese New Year in Singapore Half-day Tours

Chinese New Year in Singapore

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Private Full-Day Tour of Singapore with River Cruise

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See Singapore with a private guide, and enjoy a river cruise plus visits to Chinatown, Kampong Glam, Marina Bay Sands, and Gardens by the Bay. The personalized experience is available for groups of up to four people and includes all the stories and history to help you understand both modern and colonial Singapore.
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Singapore Nightlife: Street Food & Bars

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Singapore's Tasty Private Tour for Little FoodiesHalf-day Tours

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Chinatown Heritage & Food Tasting TourHalf-day Tours

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Picturing Places: History and Art in Singapore Half-day Tours

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The Ultimate Singapore Layover Private TourFull-day Tours

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Red Clogs Down the Five-Foot-Way, A Chinatown Walk Cultural Tours

Red Clogs Down the Five-Foot-Way, A Chinatown Walk

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Small-Group Singapore Food Tour​ including a Michelin VendorDining Experiences

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Bikes & Bites

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Big Bus Night City Tour

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Itinerary: • 6:00pm check in at BIG BUS & DUCK Tourist Hub • 6:30pm tour begins from BIG BUS & DUCK Tourist Hub • Chinatown Food Street • Gardens by the Bay (entry is not included in the tour) • Bugis Street • Orchard Road • Suntec City • 9:30pm drop off at BIG BUS & DUCK Tourist Hub
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Small Group Hawker Centre Street Food Tour Hosted by 4th Generation Local

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