On our 4th day, we headed to Chinatown.
Any country in the world would have a Chinatown but Singapore’s version is quite different. The place is with colonial Dutch shop houses, a tourist attraction that showcase it’s contemporary mix culture and towering temples of the old. Large sections of it had been declared national heritage sites officially designated for conservation by the Urban Redevelopment Authority.
A very clean Chinatown
I had been to Chinatown in other countries and among them, Singapore’s version stand-out. It’s rich culture and architecture made this trip very worthy.
Buddha Tooth Relic
The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple rises up at the heart of the Chinatown. The temple is considered as a living cultural monument inspired by the golden age of Buddhism in china during the Tang Dynasty.
Side View of the temple
The Statues that Guard the Entrance of the Temple
A few walk from the Tooth Relic is another interesting Temple
Sri Mariamman Temple
The oldest and most important Hindu temple in Singapore
Notice how intricate the gopuram is?
I can say that this is a nice piece of art.
Aside from temples, Chinatown has so many things to see and explore.
Chinatown Heritage Centre
This is a museum located Pagoda Street. You can buy a ticket to visit. This museum display the outlook and history of Chinatown. We did not went inside though.
The buildings here are very prime examples of , Shop house architecture in Asia – with Portuguese, European, British and Colonial influences. The richer the owners are, the more elaborate the design – so you can usually tell from the facade the wealth and status of the original owners.
As any Chinatown, the streets are strewn with stalls selling souvenirs and trinkets for a very cheap price. Key chains of Singapore in 5’s are sold for SGD$10 which we found out was the cheapest when compared to everywhere else.
We also found few camera stores in Pagoda street. We entered one and hubz ended up buying a wide angle lens.
It was pass 1pm that we leave Chinatown and headed to Sinagpore Zoo. Up next….
You might want to check my Singapore Blog series:
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Universal Studio Part 2
Universal Studio Part 1
Imbiah Lookout and Merlion
Sentosa Express and Palawan Beach
A bit of Orchard Road
Singapore…I am beginning to love this place