I visited Singapore for the first time in three and a half years. Actually, I used to live in Singapore for one and a half year to attend a business school. A reunion was held in Singapore, so that’s why I came back there. This times, I spent about a week going around Singapore to take as many photos as possible. In this article, I will write about Chinatown as part of Day 4.
[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1 (1) Fly to Singapore with Singapore Airlines
* Day 1 (2) Merlion Park
* Day 1 (3) Merlion Park (night view)
* Day 2 (1) National Gallery Singapore and Raffles Hotel
* Day 2 (2) ArtScience Museum and Singapore Flyer
* Day 2 (3) Marina Bay Sands
* Day 2 (4) Marina Bay Sands (night view)
* Day 3 (1) Singapore Botanic Garden
* Day 3 (2) Orchard Road
* Day 3 (3) Gardens by the Bay
* Day 3 (4) Gardens by the Bay (night view)
* Day 4 (1) Little India
* Day 4 (2) Chinatown [This article]
* Day 4 (3) Arab Street
* Day 5 (1) Singapore Zoo
* Day 5 (2) River Safari
* Day 5 (3) Clarke Quay (night view)
* Day 6 (1) National Museum of Singapore and Peranakan Museum etc.
* Day 6 (2) The Fullerton Hotel Singapore (night view)
* Day 7 (1) Sentosa Island: S.E.A. Aquarium etc.
* Day 7 (2) Sentosa Island: Merlion and Siloso Beach etc.
* Day 7 (3) Orchard Road (night view)
* Day 8 (1) Fly back home with Singapore Airlines
Following the previous post, I moved from Little India to Chinatown.
I got out of the MRT Chinatown station and reached Pagoda Street, which was one of the main streets in Chinatown.
There were lots of souvenir shops in Pagoda Street.
In Temple Street, which was next to Pagoda Street, I found a photogenic spot with “People’s Park complex” building (“珍珠坊” in Chinese character).
Although I made some color adjustments to the photo above by a software (Lightroom), the sky suddenly became hazy. I checked the news on the Internet and found “Haze” has come back to Singapore. When I traveled to Malaysia and Brunei last September, I suffered from haze. So, I’ve got nervous about the weather.
Maxwell Food Centre
Anyway, I will have a lunch. There were lots of choices for lunch in Chinatown and I visited Maxwell Food Centre.
Maxwell Food Centre is one of the famous hawker centers in Singapore. “Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice”, a chicken rice stall is especially well known.
Along with “Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice”, “Zhen Zhen Porridge”, which serves porridge. is another famous stall in Maxwell Food Centre.
This time I ordered fish porridge at “Zhen Zhen Porridge” and bought soy beancurd at another stall.
After lunch, I visited several temples in Chinatown.
The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
To begin with, I visited the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. It was a Buddhist temple built in 2007.
Sri Mariamman Temple
Next, I visited Sri Mariamman Temple. I was just wondering why there is a Hindu temple in Chinatown, but I found later that Indian people used to live in this area when the temple was built in 1827.
Thian Hock Keng Temple
Last but not least, I visited Thian Hock Keng Temple. Thian Hock Keng Temple is the oldest Taoist temple in Singapore.
Then, I left Chinatown and moved to the next destination, Arab Street.
That’s it for the article about Chinatown as part of Day 4. I visited Chinatown in Kuala Kumpur last year (see the related article) and this time I visited Chinatown in Singapore. I found each Chinatown has its own uniqueness and love both of them 🙂
In the next article, I will write about Arab Street.