Many tourists complete their Chinatown tour without even knowing what they missed out. They visit only the popular places with a tour company, but skip some lesser-known places which could prove to be more fascinating! Whether you are on a private tour or a free walking day tour, here are three such destinations you should not skip.
1. Thian Hock Keng Temple
Thian Hock Keng is one of the oldest temples of the Hokkien people living in Singapore. In July 1973, National Heritage Board officially announced this temple as a national monument. The temple stands out as a perfect example of traditional Chinese art and style that is commonly found in Fujian. The main halls’ curving roofs with wide eaves supported by brackets, beautiful positioning of dragons and various decorative motifs on the roof, the presence of colored tiles with roses, peacocks and Buddhist swastika motif etc. are simply enough to mesmerize the spectators. You will be allowed to enter the temple premise between 7:30 am and 5pm.
2. Chinatown Street Market
If you are a shopaholic and mainly fond traditional or modern Chinese products, you should visit the street markets in Chinatown. The best time to visit Chinatown and its street markets is Lunar New Year, which mainly falls in January and February. During this period, the Chinese people make lots of investments for decorating the markets, streets and public places with light. The retailers fill their store with Chinese traditional products, artifacts, Chinese and western garments, foods, accessories etc. Consider joining a
On the other hand, the restaurants and local hawkers at the street market are known for offering authentic flavored dishes most likely by the tourists. The popular street markets in Chinatown are Sago Street, Pagoda Street, Smith Street and Trengganu Street.
3. Chinatown Heritage Centre
Chinatown Heritage Centre is an ideal destination that can take you through the historical pages of Chinatown, and give you more idea about Chinese culture mainly in modern-day Singapore. You can see the old collections and artifacts to know how early Chinese migrants used to live. The depiction of early Chinese migrants’ living quarters, shops and their nightlife are wonderfully depicted here.