Singapore’s Charming Chinatown

singapore chinatown

Singapore’s beautiful and charming Chinatown is one of my favorite spots in the entire city. I often hear people complaining about the “grey and dull” Singapore, where every last bit of history and authenticity has been bulldozed and replaced with modern skyscrapers. Well, that’s just not true.

singapore peranakan architecture

singapore chinatown lanterns

Yes, large parts of Singapore are filled with massive new skyscrapers and even more seem to pop up every day. Still, there is a lot of authenticity left in Singapore, if you know where to look. Chinatown is one of many ethnic neighborhoods in the city and definitely one of the most beautiful – filled with wonderful peranakan architecture dating back centuries.

chinatown singapore

singapore chinatown

The streets are alive with a never-ending bustle and lined with shops selling anything and everything

chinatown singapore

chinatown singapore

Modern buildings will soon surround Singapore’s Chinatown, but the historic area stands strong

chinatown singapore duxton hill

The neighborhood is a vast grid of beautiful small roads twirling without logic, but there are a few main arteries. Keong Saik Road was a red lights district in the 1960s but now houses several boutique hotels and fantastic restaurants; Neil Road is filled with nightclubs and bars; Duxton Hill is a lively hub for expats, and Temple Street is perhaps the most picture-perfect part of this Chinatown.

singapore chinatown

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