Apart from Singapore iconic tourist attraction places like Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Zoo and ArtScience Museum, Chinatown Heritage Centre located at 48 Pagoda Street is also one of the tourist spot to go to. I had the opportunity to visit the beautifully-restored shophouses turned centre and it was definitely a good exposure. I was quite impressed with the museum that literally transport back to 1950s.
The guided tour will embark on a multi-sensory journey with sounscapes and scents of time. You can opt for Multimedia Guide Tour or Docent Guided Tour to explore the galleries.
Multimedia Guided Tour – explore the galleries at your leisure and experience the sights, sounds and stories of Chinatown through commentaries, images and videos
Adult: S$18.00 | Child: S$14.00 (for ages 7 to 12)
You can either purchase on the spot or pre-purchase here.
Docent Guided Tour
Monday – Friday: 11:30AM | 1:30PM | 4:30PM
Sunday: 11:30AM | 1:30PM | 4:30PM
Duration: 60 minutes approximately
Admission Ticket including Docent Guided Tour and Multimedia Device
Child: S$20.00 (for ages 7-12)
*Price is inclusive of 7% GST*
The tour is an eye-opener as they recreated the original interiors of its shophouse tenants in the 1950s, offering a rare glimpse into the lives of Chinatown’s early residents. Visitors get to step into the small ‘eight by eight’ living quarters and fully furnished and every object tells a story, providing an insight into their struggles and sacrifices, aspirations and disappointments, love and joy. Here are photos taken throughout the tour. I will not get into the details so that you guys can pay a visit to experience it!
Moving on to the next floor, visitors can traces the journey of Singapore’s early pioneers who left their villages in China and made their way to Nanyang, the southern seas. It is more about the history of the streets of Chinatown and how it grows throughout the years.
Next, we headed to 3-storey shop house showcases the exciting entertainment hub in Chinatown like night markets, opera performances, street storytelling and many more.
This pretty much summary of my tour here at Chinatown Heritage Centre. Other highlights from the tour include:
Festive Mouse Hunt
And it’s the Year of the Rat 2020, Chinatown Heritage Centre launches the Festive Mouse Hunt as part of the Spring Festival Celebrations 2020. Visitors can seek out Chinatown’s Mice of Fortune hiding in the museum galleries, which span across three shophouses over three floors. I think this is quite an interesting interactive activity especially for the kids. Visitors will need to spot the treasure basket of ink stamps to collect.
“Painted Cheongsams with A Purpose”
A collaboration with innovative cheongsam designer Ms Audrey See of The Girl’s Kaksh and homegrown artist Glacy Soh, Chinatown Heritage Centre. They present three unique wearable art pieces of painted cheongsams for public showcase at its museum shop and to raise funds for charity and share the joy of the Lunar New Year Festival with the community.
Quick Chinatown Sidecars Ride at S$25!*Limited time only!
A collaboration between Chinatown Heritage Centre and Singapore Sidecars that offers Vintage Vespa Sidecars tour. You can enjoy 20mins spins around the block when you spend a minimum of S$25.00 at the Chinatown Heritage Centre on the same day of the ride.
Terms & Conditions:
• 1 receipt allows for 1 ride redemption
• Rides cannot be used in conjunction with any other special offer
• Walk-ins ONLY for this very special offer
More details are available on the official website.
Chinatown Heritage Centre
Address: 48 Pagoda Street
Opening Hours: 9:00AM – 8:00PM Daily
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