|Things To See In Singapore | DIY Chinatown Walking Tour|
|Wednesday, 28 March 2012 17:46|
The following list are places of attraction, includes the top 10 things to see in Singapore Chinatown. All you need is a pair of strong legs. Allocate a full day if you wish to cover all of them. To start, hop on MRT and alight at Raffles Place MRT, exit G (follow Philip Street, then Telok Ayer Tawar Street).
Singapore Chinatown Attractions
Telok Ayer Street
Steep in history, this was once the busiest street in the past as it runs along the original waterfront of Singapore's coast. Land reclaimation swallowed up the bay but the legacy remains. The rustic architectures and oldest sacred places that survive over centuries includes Fuk Tak Chi Museum, Nagore Durgha Shrine, Thian Hock Keng Temple and Al Abrar Mosque.
You may stop to unwind at Telok Ayer Park that sits adjacent to Maxwell Road. Or, try the local food at Amoy Food Court or Maxwell Food Court.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum
Not too far from Maxwell Food Court on north-east direction stands a unique four-story tower. The first glimpse perhaps is deceiving, as the building structure boasts the architecture from Tang dynasty with red lacquered door decorated with rows of bronze studs. Only a few years old, this is Buddha Tooth Relic Temple - a must visit if you wish to gain a better understanding about Buddhism and get in touch with the religious community.
288 South Bridge Road
Sits right opposite of Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Chinatown Complex is a non-airconditioned shopping mall. It is worth to take a peek if you're new to Asia and curious about how the business are run a decade ago. Wander around and visit the third floor if you wish to sample the authentic local hawker flavors.
335 Smith Street
Chinatown Shopping Network - Pagoda, Sago, Temple & Smith Streets
The famous shopping streets occupies the walkways next to Buddha Tooth Relic Temple with stalls spill over the five-foot way and pedestrian alleys. The network of streets are filled with all sorts of clothings, traditional Chinese costume, antique, jewelry, souveniars, alongside with Chinese medical halls, confectioneries, art galleries and electronics stores. Most business starts after 10 am.
In the past, Pagoda Street was better known as opium smoking dens. Today, it is a tourist belt with a pedestrian friendly walkway and the home to pubs, retailers, tailor shops and also Singpore Coins and Notes Museum.
Sri Mariamman Temple
Dedicated to Goddess Mariamman, the temple was originally built in 1827 from attap and wood. Stands as the oldest Hindu in Singapore, today it attracts thousands of visitors to admire the stunning gopuram's (entrance tower) architecture and fire-walking ceremony conducted by the temple. No admission fee but donation is required if you wish to use camera inside the temple.
244 South Bridge Road
Chinatown Heritage Centre
Resided in three old shop houses, it features a series of galleries and stories narrating the history of Singapore Chinatown area. Also describes the life in the past, in which the Chinese immigrants arrived in Nanyang - the former name of Singapore to be coolies, rickshaw pullers and samsui woman. Admission fee. 48 Pagoda Street
From Chinatown Heritage Centre, walk on Pagoda Street towards New Bridge Road and you would see Entrance/Exit A of Chinatown MRT Station if you wish to end your tour in Singapore Chinatown. Perhaps a long day but definitely worth to complete your mission on things to do in Singapore!
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:41|