When you're around this local, try to purchase the Bak Kwa or Singaporean BBQ/Jerky. It may be pricey as it is sold by the kilo, but worth the taste. I tried taking some home but was confiscated at the US Customs. So eat as much as you can before you head back home. I recommend to buy some at the Bee Ching Hiang shop. You won't be disappointed!! Also to cool down, buy yourself an ice cream or drinks at the sidewalk stall for about $1 Singaporean.
I love how everything is cheap... Buy souvenirs here coz here is where the cheapest souvenirs are...
Went here twice... Go more than once.. 1st time should be in the morning where all the shops are open then 2nd time in the evening where the food and night market is open...
But Night Market is active in 7pm.. go there at that time.. by 9pm some shops are already closed..
Actually I enjoyed my experience here in Chinatown. I lived in Singapore for almost 2 months. I would say that there are places more to see beyond Pagoda St.You can do food tripping at the hawker food market near Amoy St. I enjoyed my day at The Madjestic, this is where i buy some of my food ingredients.:)
Chinatown is not typical of China in many ways, but it is a fun place to visit, especially if you've never been to Asia before.
Three main attractions in Chinatown:
1) the shops. They are overstuffed and full of useless but fun (and cheap) stuff. From souvenirs to necklaces, from "qi pao" (traditional chinese clothing for women) to jade statues, from purses to pens, Chinatown is a fun places to dig around.
2) restaurants. You'll find both food courts and sit-down restaurants. It's convenient.
3) Places of worship: Buddha Tooth Relic Temple (cCinese), Jamae Mosque (Muslim), Sri Mariamman Temple (Hindu), Thian Hock Keng Temple (Chinese). I like visiting places of worship. Even if you're not interested in visiting a Muslim mosque, you'll enjoy seeing it. It's an enriching experience.
I always stop in a little hotel on Mosque street rather than the modern monstrosities.
Breakfast in the cafe opposite and at night go to one of the 2 hawker centres nearbye to eat.
Loved the street performances in Mid Autumn festival
Chinatown is a must visit in Singapore.The buildings were so colourful that make feel vibrant.My best place in Chinatown was the Chinatown Heritage Centre which is located in Pagoda Street.This is a museum where you will learn all about the history of Chinatown and also how the early chinese immigrants live in hard lifes.My best part at the heritage centre gallery was the cubicle rooms.This part,it shows you all the small,tiny,cubicle rooms who was once lived by the early immigrants.There is also one part of the gallery which shows you the celebrations that was celebrated in Chinatown long ago.There are chinese New Year,Deepavali,Mid Autumn Festival and many more!The best part at this gallery was the Chinese New Year celebrations where you can witness the lion dance which moves and dances by itself(Using robotic funtions).Outside the Heritage Centre,there are alot of stalls around selling souvenirs like shirts,shoes and some even food stalls.Chinatown is also a place where Chinese New Year celebrations are celebrated here during the Chinese New Year which is held in February or January which is according to the Chinese calendar.Visit this lifely town.It will be a nice experience!To get to Chinatown,you can take the MRT which is a train which will bring you around Singapore because it is faster and easier.Then,there is an underground walkway which will lead you to Pagoda Street.
Colorful buidings,friendly people,many shops and restaurants.On Saturdays there is a traditional bazaar,eveything's so cheap.You can make shopping for your friends and family.I think Chinatown is the best place in Singapore.It was a wonderful experiment for me.
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