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Singapore is famous for its modern architecture and high-rise buildings throughout the business district. And then, there is China Town. In stark contrast to the rest of the city, China Town is an authentic Chinese area of Singapore, with traditional style low-rise buildings, local temples, and streets bustling with locals and tourists alike.
China Town has a highly concentrated ethnic Chinese population, which means that when visitors and tourists walk through the streets, the sights, sounds, and smells are of an authentic Chinese experience. With small Chinese shop-fronts and traditional restaurants serving local and delicious cuisine, one can spend the entire day getting lost exploring the streets.
There are some Chinese, Buddhist as well as Hindu Temples to visit in China Town. The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is a magnificent four storey temple, built in the style of the Buddhist Mandala.
The temple is a real spectacle of China Town, and many tourists flock to see the two-meter tall “Solid Gold Stupa”, which is housed on the fourth floor.
The Sri Mariamman Temple is one of the oldest shrines of Singapore and is truly a marvelous site to behold. This shrine is still in daily use for Tamil Hindus in the country and is located on the corner of China Town’s South Bridge Road. You won’t want to miss this expansive temple with its ornate architecture and traditional design.
The highlight of any visit to China Town is undoubtedly the China Town street market located along Pagoda Street and the surrounding area. The street market contains hundreds of little stores, where you can find anything from silk scarves to bags, hats, and accessories. The street market can get busy, with thousands of tourists flocking to see both the local market produce, as well as the beautiful setting. With Chinese lanterns swaying above your head, the most beautiful time to visit the market is at dusk, while the sun sets gloriously behind you, and the shop owners try their best to get your attention, and perhaps lower their prices to make as much money as they can before the market closes.
There are also a few museums and galleries for you to visit in China Town, including the Red Dot Design Museum, which is a modern museum displaying the latest creative gadgets, and modern art design. There is also the Singapore City Gallery, which is a museum explaining how Singapore came to be, and how it grew and developed into the country as we know today.
Why not take a guided tour along the streets of China Town, where locals will show you the best spots to eat, drink and shop as well as explaining how China Town came to be. Walking along the streets of China Town presents many opportunities for you to see and do, with many great spots to take amazing photography of the local population, the buildings, shop fronts and temples.
Chinatown in Singapore which is not to be missed!