BUDDHA TOOTH RELIC TEMPLE AND MUSEUM
Experience the calm and beauty of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, one of Singapore’s most important Buddhist complexes. The tooth relic itself is stored inside a solid gold stupa on the third floor of the temple, while the ground floor houses an ornate 15-foot Maitreya Buddha. Boasting a breathtaking facade based on the history of the Tang Dynasty and Buddhist Mandala, the temple is an impressive sight both inside and out.
CHINATOWN HERITAGE CENTRE
Step back in time and immerse yourself in the colourful history of Singapore’s earliest Chinese migrants at the Chinatown Heritage Centre. Situated on bustling Pagoda Street, the restored shophouses offer a fascinating and candid insight into the lives of Chinese immigrants who came to find work in Singapore during the colonial days. Highlights include galleries replicating coolies’ living quarters and clan associations’ activity halls prominent in those times.
SRI MARIAMMAN TEMPLE
Famous for its detailed gopuram (or tower gateway), be sure to head to the colourfully eye-catching Sri Mariamman, Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple. An easy walk from PARKROYAL on Pickering, the temple is home to an array of mesmerising shrines and other adornments.
THIAN HOCK KENG TEMPLE
Dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea, Thian Hock Keng Temple was popular with new immigrants who came to burn incense in thanks for their safe arrival in Singapore. The oldest Hokkien temple in the city, Thain Hock Keng Temple was constructed without the use of a single nail, and was partially built using materials taken from immigrant boats.
An insider’s perspective of Chinatown
With its narrow lanes and numerous hidden gems just waiting to be discovered, the best way to explore Chinatown is with those who know it best – the locals. The Chinatown Visitors Centre holds daily tours to give curious visitors an insider’s perspective of this heritage-rich slice of the city.
Passage of Life Walking Tour
Discover the many customs introduced to Singapore by early Chinese immigrants. From burning paper mansions at funerals to carrying red umbrellas at weddings, this 3-hour walking tour will explore all the unique traditions of the Far East that are still common in Singapore today.
Night out @ Chinatown
Immerse yourself in Chinatown as it comes to life with this after-dark tour. Learn about traditional Chinese Medicine before sampling delicious local cuisine and taking a trishaw ride to Clarke Quay. Finish the experience with a Singapore River Cruise, taking in magnificent views over Marina Bay and the Singapore skyline.
Footprints of our Forefathers
This free two-hour walking tour is a definite must for anyone keen to understand Singapore Chinatown’s history. Retrace the steps of the pioneers through intriguing stories, heritage landmarks and endless anecdotes. All tours can be booked at the Chinatown Visitors Centre at 2 Banda Street (beside the Buddha Tooth Relic Museum) and prices include pick-up from hotels near Chinatown Singapore, such as PARKROYAL on Pickering. Alternatively, ask our knowledgeable hotel concierge for advice and assistance with arranging tours.