Exploring Singapore:12 Hours Layover Part 2.

Blog  #0012  Exploring Chinatown Singapore

Link below : Exploring Singapore: 12 hours Layover Part 1

https://xuxaywanderlust.wordpress.com/2019/01/19/exploring-singapore-12-hours-layover/

I took again train going to Chinatown for my next destination to explore.

From Bayfront to Chinatown (just a few minutes away)

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inside MRT going to Chinatown,Singapore

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I arrived around 10:30 am at Chinatown MRT Station,and took exit A.
I spent a whole morning wandering around Chinatown and i was very impressed.

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Once you step out Chinatown MRT you will see old houses turn into Restaurants,Shop & establishments.

Things to do:

Visit Chinatown Heritage Centre

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The Chinatown Heritage Centre is the gateway for all visitors to trace the footsteps of Singapore’s early pioneers and discover the personal stories of people who made Chinatown their home.

Located within three beautifully-restored shophouses on Pagoda Street, the Chinatown Heritage Centre is the only place in Singapore that has recreated the original interiors of its shophouse tenants in the 1950s, offering a rare glimpse into the lives of Chinatown’s early residents.

Discover Chinatown Street Food

Opening Hours 11:00 am to 11:pm daily

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Located on Smith Street on the heart of Chinatown.This place offers tourists a all-in-one stop for their craving for local street food. A great place for a foodie like me.From your pepper and chilli crab to satay, bbq stingray,bak kut teh can all be found here. Non air conditioned environment but allows the visitors to soak into the local hawker culture.

Sago Street (Street of the Dead)

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I wonder why it called Street of the Dead!?

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Sago Lane in 1920’s image via National Archives

History 101:

Sago Lane (and Sago Street) gets its name from the many sago factories in the area in mid-1800s Singapore. However, Sago Lane is more famous  for another reason – its death houses.

In the past when most Chinese immigrants lived in crammed quarters in the Chinatown area, the terminally ill would go to a death house where they literally awaited their fate – death.

Death houses were so prominent on Sago Lane that people called it sei yan gai – ‘Dead People Street’ in Cantonese.

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But now the Street of Dead is very alive with tourists.This area is great for souvenir shopping.There are a lot of souvenirs sold here at a very cheap and reasonable price. If you come to Chinatown, you should drop by at this street.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

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imag3960-1665314824.jpg This place is also along Sago Street.The BuddhaToothRelicTemple is one of Singapore’s most popular spiritual hubs for Buddhists because it houses what is claimed to be Buddha’s left canine tooth. It is also a museum attracting over millions of  visitors from all religions annually looking to learn more about the history, art and culture of Buddhism.

Admission is Free

ETIQUETTE 
1. Wear appropriate attire to show respect; no bare backs, off-shoulders, shorts, mini-skirts, etc

2. Strictly no non-vegetarian food and pets inside the Temple.

OPENING HOURS

7.00am to 7.00pm (Monday to Sunday), including public holiday. 9.00 am to 6.00 pm (Museum and stupa Chamber) (Monday to Sunday), including public holiday.

The Pinnacle @ Duxton

After visiting Temple my next destination is Maxwell Hawker Centre for a quick lunch but while walking i saw this tallest building called The Pinnacle @ Duxton.

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The 50th storey sky bridge is open to public. If you have lots of time you can visit this place to see the scenic view of the city. To access the 50th storey skybridge, entrance fee is 6$ per person.

for more details you can visit their website link below:

http://www.pinnacleduxton.com.sg/Public.html

Maxwell Road Hawker Centre

imag3991-02-1821286543.jpegThe Foodie in Me. To continue my Singapore layover this is the best part in visiting other country to taste their authentic food.Eat like locals. I’m very excited because i only see this place on food vloggers and documentaries but now, I’m here and be able to taste it.

The Most Popular stall here is Tian Tian Hiananese Chicken Rice.

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I made a separate blog for this link below:

https://xuxaywanderlust.wordpress.com/2019/05/05/tian-tian-hainanese-chicken-rice/

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This stall offer different kinds of refreshing drinks.Just opposite of Tian Tian.I bought Water Chestnuts drinks for 2$.A must try when visiting this Hawker Centre. And the owner is so friendly.

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Here in Maxwell Hawker Centre. It’s like you want to eat more and taste all food they offer in each stall.

For a quick bite or desserts you need to try this.So i bought Red Bean and Green Bean.It’s only 70 cents. Good to eat while its hot. imag3987-02-1821286543.jpeg

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Green Bean 70 cents each-taste like tikoy
Another food to try is Popiah. The Singapore food version of burritos,crepe and shawarma. I think my stomach is prepare for this food ventures.

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screenshot_2019-05-11-23-30-41_1-1821286543.jpgIts was as nice experience here. No words so say because my mouth is full.

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Bustling Chinatown is home to the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, the SriMariammanTemple. The temple dates back to 1827, when it was known as Mariamman Kovil or Kling Chapel. Established by Indian pioneer Naraina Pillai, the original wood-and-attap structure was built by immigrantsfrom the Nagapatnam and Cuddalore districts of South India.
 
I didn’t explore whats inside!!! Because I want to maximize my layover just do some photo ops.
         Desserts Hunting
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Tong Heng Delicacies Egg Tart =1.90 SG$ each
I went for more food trips,bought and taste egg tart while walking around the area.Their shop was just opposite of Hindu Temple.
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ice cream wafer =1 SG$
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While walking along Pagoda Street, Chinatown.I saw some mobile carts selling ice cream wafer, its a good remedy for beating the heat & humidity.Just for  1 SG$ so cheap….duh!!!
 
FREE WALKING TOURS
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While I’m on Chinatown.I saw bunch of people doing free walking tours exploring Chinatown. If you have lots of time in Singapore you can try this FREE-WALKING-TOURS by Monster Day Tours.
 
Link below for more information:
 
SOUVENIR HUNTING
 
My layover is not complete without buying “PASALUBONG”.It’s a Filipino tradition of bringing either souvenirs or food from their destination back home.
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I bought Singapore Printed T-Shirt 5pcs =10 SG$,and Bags 7pcs=10 SG$.
 
 
Part 3: will be uploaded soon..Lost in Singapore….
 
 
 
 

One Comment Add yours

  1. I miss this place 😻😻😻

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