SG Scene: Chinatown

One of my new year resolution for 2014 is to save money, and saving money means no more (as much as possible) overseas holiday travel for this year. So I decided why not explore and travel around Singapore, thus “SG Scene” was born. I will try to feature at least once a month areas around Singapore which I believe is worth visiting.

Since Chinese New Year is fast approaching so why not check Singapore’s Chinatown as my first official “SG Scene” article. It is easily accessible via MRT NorthEast Line (or the Purple Line) having it’s own station name “Chinatown” Station.

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Once you exit the gantry, look for Exit “A” and take the escalator from here.

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The escalator from exit “A”

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And just as you step out of the escalator, you will be greeted by a very busy and colorful site. This street is the Pagoda Street.

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Chinatown Heritage Centre right in the middle of busy Pagoda Street

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Singapore Coin and Notes Museum

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You can buy almost all kind of souvenirs here.

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As you walk towards the end of Pagoda Street is the South Bridge Road, turn right and you will see Sri Mariamman Temple

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Sri Mariamman is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore

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As you continue to walk along South Bridge Road, you will find Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum

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The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum is a living cultural monument in the heart of Chinatown featuring exhibitions relating to various facets of religious arts and culture of Singapore. It also houses what Buddhist leaders regard as the Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic in a stupa composed of 320kg of gold donated by devotees.

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The building was conceptualised and designed by local venerable Shi Fa Zhao, aided by a team of local and overseas consultants. Its grand design is based on the elements and history of Tang Dynasty and the Buddhist Mandala, the latter which is a representation of the Buddhist universe. So expect to find lots of references to both aspects, such as bone and tongue relic elements. The temple prides itself on the research made to ensure accuracy and authenticity on the design and monuments found here. Other highlights found in this building include the Buddhist Culture Museum, Eminent Sangha Museum, Tripitaka Chamber, and a Theatre for cultural performances, talks and films. – http://www.yoursingapore.com

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Just right after the Temple across the street is Maxwell Road Hawker Centre

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With more than 100 stall, here you get to taste almost all local food in one roof.

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After taking a break in Maxwell Hawker Centre, continue your journey and turn left to Maxwell Road

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The first building you will notice upon turning left to Maxwell Road is the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) building

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Just beside URA building is Singapore City Gallery, where you can see the “bird’s eye” view of the whole of Singapore

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There are interactive stations here where you get to learn the current and future development plans for the whole Singapore

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The area where Singapore City Gallery is located

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Very familiar right?

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There’s my neighborhood, yey!

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Just across the street from Singapore City Gallery is Red Dot Design Museum said to be second of it’s kind in the world located in the Red Dot Traffic Building, a grandiose colonial style building which used to be the headquarters of Singapore Traffic Police

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After its transformation, the building was repainted, the museum encompasses everything that is to do with contemporary design and architecture.

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Further walking towards the end of Maxwell Road, you will find Tanjong Pagar MRT Station (East-West Line/Green Line), if you decided that you have seen enough of Chinatown and go and travel to your next destination.

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But if you decide to walk back again along Maxwell Road, stop at the junction of Tanjong Pagar Road (just across Maxwell Hawker Centre) just in front you will see The Jinrikisha Station (see Jinriksha in my Japan/Asakusa trip) is a historic building in Singapore, and is located in Tanjong Pagar in the Chinatown district within the Central Area, Singapore’s central business district. It used to be a station but now became a commercial building.

Walking along Tanjong Pagar Road and your eyes will feast in this colorful and beautifully restored buildings.
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At the end of Tanjong Pagar Road, turn right to Craig Road

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The moment you turn right to Craig Road, you will see this high rise building called Pinnacle@Duxton, a government housing facility with a view deck on it’s 50th floor. You can see the whole city from it’s view deck for 5SGD. But if you decide to continue walking along the roads of Chinatown, turn right to Duxton Road.

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Just at the end of Duxton Road, you will find again the Buddah Tooth Relic Temple to your right.

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Just beside the Buddah Tooth Relic Temple is Sago Street where Chinatown Night Market is located

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From here you can start shopping for souvenirs while walking back to Chinatown MRT Station.

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10 thoughts on “SG Scene: Chinatown

  1. Hi AP,

    Very nice work! Too bad I wasn’t able to observe the master at work in person šŸ™‚ I must join you at your next quest!

    WR šŸ˜‰

  2. Hi kurisu,

    We would like to use some of your awesome photos for a corporate brochure project we are currently doing. There are 3 photos that we are interested to use; Jinrikisha Station, Tanjong Pagar MRT and Maxwell Foodcourt. If you could leave a message on how we should go about it, that would be great.

    Looking forward to reading from you the soonest. =)

    Best Regards,
    Devina

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