One Day Walking Tour of Chinatown
Singapore has always been known to be a culturally diverse country with multiple races and cultures being able to live together harmoniously. With that, we have been blessed with countless of different experiences and tours we can go on to have a good time. Chinatown is one of the more culturally abundant places anyone can go to in Singapore.
Start uncovering the hidden gems of Chinatown in Singapore with a full walking tour of Chinatown. Chinatown has the perfect blend of modern and classic experiences that will promise a great time for all types of tours and tourists. You will be entertained by a large number of activities that goes from buying some really cool trinkets to eating to your heart’s content as you walk around Chinatown.
So what can you do and see in Chinatown if you only have one day to walk around?
Walking Tour 1 : Never Skip This : Chinatown Heritage Centre
This heritage center is on everyone’s list, so it’s only right that the first place you visit this place right here. It is located in the middle of Pagoda Street. This heritage centre revolves around the recreation of 1950’s Singapore. It is 3 storeys high and a tailor’s shop and living quarters were recreated to showcase how Singapore was like back in the 50s. It is known to be the only place in Singapore to have recreated original interiors.
Participating in a walking tour of Chinatown’s Heritage Centre allows you to peek into the lives of Chinatown’s earliest residents.
This is the location map taken from the official website. The address is 48 Pagoda Street Singapore 059207
Walking Tour 2 : Are You Hungry Yet : Maxwell Road Hawker Centre
Known to be just a short walking distance away from the Chinatown MRT station, this hawker center is one of the best hawker centres to get your local food fix. Take a break in your walking tour of Chinatown to stop by and grab a bite.
Also, guess what? The food is cheap! You won’t need to spend too much money here to get a decent meal. The stalls here are open until 10pm so you will have a lot of time to walk around Chinatown and grab a bite whenever you’re hungry.
To walk to the hawker centre, key in this address – 1 Kadayanallur Street, Chinatown.
Walking Tour 3 : Pay Your Respects – Sri Mariamman Temple
Witness the true nature of Singapore’s diversity by stopping by at the Sri Mariamman Temple which is located at the top of Pagoda Street at 244 South Bridge Road. Known to be the largest and oldest Hindu temple in Singapore as it was built in 1827. This temple has been a symbol of all Hindu’s in Singapore.
Did you know that in its earlier years, this temple used to provide refuge for Indian immigrants and the priests of this temple were the only priests that could solemnise weddings. With this information, it’s easy to see that the Sri Mariamman Temple is such an important part of Singaporean history and you must take your walking tour of Singapore to this temple.
To visit this the famed temple, key in this address – 244 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058793
Walking Tour 4 : Continue on Your Pilgrimage – Masjid Jamae (Chulia)
Just at the opposite southern corner of the Sri Mariamman Temple, you can continue to indulge in the rich culture and religions in Singapore by visiting Masjid Jamae. It’s a bit hard to miss it as it’s colours are a pale lime green. This Masjid faces Mecca and it’s a beautiful architectural piece.
Visit the Masjid and marvel at just how beautifully crafted this place of worship is. Please note that you are not allowed to wear skirts, shorts and sleeveless clothing.
To visit the Masjid, key in this address – 218, South Bridge Road, Singapore 058767
Walking Tour 5 : Indulge in The Past – Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
Since you’re already at South Bridge Road, head over to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. It’s quite easy to spot as it’s quite tall and colourful. It is definitely a stand-out piece on the lanes.
The architecture is Tang Dynasty inspired and you will find a gorgeous museum full of Southeast Asian art that’s rooted deeply in the Buddhist religion. The temple was opened to the public in 2008 and it cost a whopping $62 million! There is also a wall that is surrounded by hundreds of small Buddha statues. It’s called the Buddha Tooth Relic temple as you can head to the 4th floor and view the relic. Apparently, it is the left canine tooth that was recovered from Buddhas funeral pyre that was discovered in the remains of the collapsed stupa in Myanmar.
In the museum which is located on the 3rd floor, you can view more Buddha relics like samples of Buddha’s skin, blood and even his hair. If you’re feeling tired, you can then head over to the rooftop garden to relax and take in some nature.
We really think that this should definitely be on your list for your walking tour in Chinatown.
To visit, key in this address – Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum 288, South Bridge Road. Singapore 058840
Walking Tour 6 : Get Some Shopping Done – Chinatown Street Market
After you’ve spent your time walking around Chinatown and taking in the sights, it’s time for you to visit the Chinatown Street Market. Who doesn’t love a good bargain right?
Indulge and get lost in the quaint little streets and buy yourself some souvenirs and snacks. This is the essence of Chinatown and any tour passing by Chinatown will most definitely stop by here.
The hustle and bustle of the Street Market will suck you in and you will end up spending hours there. It’s also a great place to buy souvenirs. Pick up something for your family members to remember Singapore by.
To visit, key in this address – Trengganu St, Singapore 050005
And that concludes your walking tour of Chinatown in Singapore. There are so many other places along Chinatown that you can visit but we decided that these are the top place everyone should visit. So, pick a day and get to walking!