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Exploring Chinatown

Chinatown is Singapore’s most cultural area. It’s a gap in the skyscrapers where you are reminded that this is a south-east Asian nation with a fascinating history to match. Chinatown contains lovingly restored colonial shop fronts, lavishly decorated temples and buzzing rows of shops and timeworn shopping malls. Up against the constant renovation and upheaval of the old in Singapore, it’s so far managed to preserve its traditional spirit.

Accommodation near Chinatown

In the cosmopolitan Singapore you will find an array of accommodation options depending on which area you decide to stay in. Options vary from well-known luxury hotel brands, to beach resorts to other budget options. Recommended accommodation include the Hotel Re, M Hotel Singapore and Carlton City Hotel Singapore.

Sightseeing near Chinatown

Take your time to wander around the culture and history rich streets of this neighborhood. You cannot miss the oldest shrine in Singapore – Sri Mariamman Temple is one of the most prominent places of worship for Tamil Hindus in the country. It was built to honour Goddess Mariamman – the deity of disease and protection. Originally erected by Naraina Pillai – an Indian trader from Penang – in 1827, the temple was modified to its present structure in 1862, although it has undergone several renovations since. Apart from being a place of worship, the temple has also acted as an asylum for new immigrants that belong to South Indian Tamil Hindu community.

You should also take time to visit the beautiful Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, a remarkable four-story temple. When entering the gate, you’ll immediately notice the stunning main hall with its high ceiling. The bell tower and drum tower are on the same floor. However, the main focus for most visitors is the solid gold two-metre stupa on the fourth floor which is the place where the sacred relic is kept.

Transportation near Chinatown

Singapore’s Changi Airport is a global hub, and one of the busiest in the world, so getting here is easy. The airport is located about 30 minutes east of downtown Singapore, and is very well connected by public transport and taxis. One of the most convenient ways of getting around the city is on the MRT light rail system, which will shuttle you around the key districts. Singapore is also a popular cruise port, with many liners docking in the vast Marina Bay terminal.

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