The Chinatown Heritage Centre is the gateway for all visitors to trace the footsteps of Singapore’s early pioneers and discover the personal stories of people who made Chinatown their home.
Located within three beautifully-restored shophouses on Pagoda Street, the Chinatown Heritage Centre is the only place in Singapore that has recreated the original interiors of its shophouse tenants in the 1950s, offering a rare glimpse into the lives of Chinatown’s early residents.
Visitors will get to step into the humble homes of Chinatown’s early residents, rebuilt with the memories of many who had lived, worked and grown up in such cubicles. These small ‘eight by eight’ living quarters were simply furnished and every object tells a story, providing an insight into their struggles and sacrifices, aspirations and disappointments, love and joy.
The Chinatown Heritage Centre also traces the journey of Singapore’s early pioneers who left their villages in China and made their way to Nanyang, the southern seas. They were driven by famine, floods and unrest, and came to Singapore with the hope of earning a living and seeking a better life.
New foreign sights, sounds and smells greeted the Chinese immigrants also known as sinkheh (meaning ‘new guest’ in Hokkien dialect) when they arrived in Singapore. Disembarking at the piers, they would have seen labourers and traders at work – Armenians, Europeans, Jews, Arabs, Parsis, Bugis, Indians – just to name a few. It would have been their first time seeing someone of another ethnicity. Most of the Chinese immigrants settled south of the Singapore River, giving birth to Chinatown.
Multimedia Guided Tour
Pick up a Multimedia Guide with your admission ticket. Explore the galleries at your leisure and experience the sights, sounds and stories of Chinatown through commentaries, images and videos.
Monday – Sunday: 9am to 8pm
Adult: Aged 13 years old and above
Child: Aged 7-12 years old
*Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18.
*Some areas of the Attraction may not be suitable for children of certain ages and CHCPL reserves the right to refuse access to such areas to Visitors under any recommended age limit.
*Adult-accompanied child under 7 years no admission fee will be charged.
48 Pagoda Street Singapore 059207
Located near Chinatown MRT Station NE$/DT19 (exit A to Pagoda Street)