Like Little India, Chinatown is the result of a policy of ethnic segregation maintained by the old English colonizers. When Sir Stamford Raffles began planning urbanism Singapore, awarded to the Chinese minority (ethnic majority today) throughout the region southwest of Singapore River (Singapore River). Within this region, each Chinese clan was located in a different area.
Although the Chinatown Singapore is in a city where 70% of its population is Chinese, is an ethnic neighborhood that offers an excellent opportunity to savor the cultural and ethnic blends that are the trademark of the nation to while the living legacy of the Chinese people, one of the ethnic groups that form the backbone of the country's history visit.
Thian Hock Keng Temple, Singapore
In Singapore's Chinatown visitors will find a lot of Chinese heritage but important touches of Indian and Malay legacies. In a neighborhood whose old houses contrast with the neighboring skyscrapers financial district, providing a stunning backdrop background for the region.
Among modern buildings is the Singapore City Gallery, a museum located in the region of Chinatown, contains a giant model of the city. Another highlight of modern architecture icon is the impressive set of social housing Pinnacle Duxton of.
Besides its own attractions, from Chinatown location provides an excellent base for exploring Singapore, both taking advantage of the excellent subway system as trekking through neighborhoods neighbors as the Business District, the Civic District and the Singapore River.
Chinatown comprises five districts: Telok Ayer, Bukit Pasoh, Tanjong Pagar, Kreta Ayer and Ann Siang Hill. Although all districts have some point of interest, the heart of the district is in Kreta Ayer, next to the Chinatown Metro station and between Eu Tong Sen Street Street and South Bridge Road.
The Street Mosque Street, Pagode Street, Temple Street and Smith Street have a very colorful environment. As many of these streets has recently been restored old houses look beautiful, reflecting the different architectural styles characteristic of the neighborhood.
Commercial establishments occur as restaurants, hotels, guesthouses, traditional pharmacies and other stores. The aroma of roast beef jerky frantically Chinese style grilled accompanies any stroll through Chinatown.
In Chinatown are several major shopping centers such as large Yue Hwa Chinese Products warehouse, which in its five plants contain all kinds of products of Chinese origin or the great People's Park Complex.
In every street there is predominantly Chinese restaurants. The street becomes Smith Street, where the afternoon, a hawker falls in the Chinatown Food Street, outdoors in the heart of Chinatown. The Maxwell Food Centre, more organized and traditional style, is a worthy representative of the hawkers whose category also includes the Chinatown Complex Food Centre.
Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore
A little surprised to learn that there are two spectacular Chinese temples in Chinatown: the oldest and equally interesting Thian Hock Keng Temple Buddha Tooth Relic Temple (said housing as a tooth relic of the Buddha) and. But also in Chinatown is one of the most beautiful Hindu temples, the Sri Mariamman Temple and two leading centers of Muslim worship, Jamae Mosque mosque and shrine Durgha Nagore Shrine.
The color and effervescence of Chinatown becomes even more interesting during the celebration of Chinese New Year and other holidays in the Chinese calendar (take a look at our Events Calendar).
Besides its own attractions, by its location and infrastructure Chinatown has qualities that credited as an excellent base for exploring Singapore, leveraging its excellent subway system, the ability to walk neighboring regions such as the Business District, Civic District and Singapore River besides the good hotel offer.