The Eclectic Blend of Singapore’s Chinatown
There are numerous countries in that provide a Chinatown to not only their Chinese residents, but also to travelers who are visiting. Though most towns do color their landscapes in different shades of red and riddle every corner with markets, temples, and favorite eats, the Chinatown found in the streets of Singapore, displays their Chinese wares and fares a little differently than most
The Chinese is just one of the three major ethnicities that call the island of Singapore their home. Bringing the rich culture and heritage from the mainland, they have established this town and proudly display their traditions to the passersby. The most popular destination found in Chinatown is its street market. With the skies dotted with red lanterns and the surroundings filled with an array of Chinese products, travelers cannot help but shop until the night’s end. Travelers will be tempted to feel the soft silk robes rub between their fingers and tap the bouncing paw of the tiny lucky cats lining the stalls. Also, their appetites will be fully satisfied from the various street food carts that cook up some of the best fresh dim sum and crispy duck.
For the non-shoppers, there are places dedicated to make Singapore’s Chinese roots stand out. The Thian Hock Keng Temple is the island’s most interesting Chinese temple and was built in circa 1820. Decorated with gold-leafed panels and elaborately painted doors, this structure was dedicated to Ma Zu Po, the mother of Heavenly Sages, and can be found along Telok Ayer Street. Another would be the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, a colossal four-story building, which is known to house two solid gold stupas where it is believed where the relic is kept.
There are many more establishments that Chinatown provides, from the Red Dot Museum to the Baba House, and since most of these places are just minutes away, Trip Guru suggests that future travelers should brush up their haggling skills, and visit these places in the morning. To get here, you must head down to Pagoda Street of North-East MRT and it will drop you off at the heart of Chinatown.