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A historic district with authentic architecture


Chinatown, Singapore

Numerous shops, narrow streets, thick throngs, rich aromas, and squat multicolored houses—it’s all here in historic Chinatown. As you stroll down Pagoda Street, drop into Chinatown Food Street, where every local specialty—from char kway teow (fried noodles) to sweet grilled beef and Rojak (fruit and vegetable salad in a sweet, black sauce)—is served on trays.

If you’re an adventurous gourmand, head directly to Chinatown Complex, the neighborhood’s largest food court. A serious foodie could spend an entire day here! For all history and architecture geeks out there, we recommend checking out Chinatown’s many temples, including the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, the mid-19th century Thian Hock Keng, and the Sri Mariamman Temple—the oldest Hindu temple in the city and a national monument.

FYI: Chinatown is always worth the trip. But the most colorful time to go is around the Chinese New Year, which falls on February 16, 2018.