Chinatown, Singapore, a place where the modern combines with the old-world charm that the place still exudes. The futuristic tall buildings and the vintage shop houses, temples, markets, Chinese medicine houses, food and tea stalls, etc. exist side-by-side beautifully. And while it is a delight to the eyes, Chinatown is also a delight to shopaholics. Here’s three reasons why every shopper hearts Chinatown.
Reaching Chinatown is a worry that will be slayed as soon as you check redbus.sg for the tickets to this place, well-connected through busways all across Singapore.
Stand- alone boutiques selling some of the most precious and funky clothing and home furnishings are found in plenty here. The patchwork cushions found in Rose Citron French Design get a special mention.
Where do you find them: Ann Siang Road
For a book lover, there is no better sight than a bookstore lit by the lights of all the times it houses. Chinatown’s BooksActually bookstore not just lets you take your pick from the had-selected fiction, nonfiction and poetry pieces, but also lets you buy stationery and knick-knacks particularly adored by bookworms.
Where do you find it: Tiong Bahru Estate
Street food at its finest can be found in the many alleyways of the city. Chinatown Complex, in particular, boasts of some of the most mind boggling array of street food.
Where to find them: 335 Smith Street
Buddha Relic Temple
The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is 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. This is one of the most frequented temple by tourists and locals as well. The Buddhist sound tracks that are played here makes you feel peaceful as you walk in and around the temple. Be sure to wear decent clothes if you plan to visit this temple as this is recommended. It is worth paying a visit to this temple. There is no entry fee here.
Sri Mariamman Temple
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. It is a small ancient Hindu temple which is just about 5 minutes away from the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in China Town. 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. It is quite a peaceful temple and very well organised. Entering the temple is free however, if you wish to go further to offer yor prayers you may have to pay. You may even have to pay if you wish to click pictures in the temple.