• Chinatown Singapore


Chinatown and Little India

Buzzing cultural districts

Singapore's Chinese and Indian communities have thrived since the first immigrants arrived in the 1820s and each now offer a complete contrast to the bustling Singapore in their own communities within the city.

Chinatown offers a haven away from the bright lights and busy streets of Singapore, with fragrant smells of traditional cuisine and culture bursting onto the streets. Take a stroll through Chinatown for an insight into traditional Chinese culture and to take a peek at the old shop-houses. Feeling hungry? Smith Street, also known as Food Street, is lined with street food stalls most evenings so you can taste some authentic food at a low price. Chinatown is also home to many temples including the Sri Mariamman Temple, one of the most prominent places of worship in the country, and the Thian Hock Keng Temple, the oldest Chinese temple in Singapore. 

In Little India, wander along Serangoon Road and sample spicy dishes from the many casual eateries. Pick up souvenirs in Little India Arcade and the Zhujiao Centre, converted shop-houses selling crafts, saris and spices. A trip to Little India wouldn't be complete without a visit to one of the Hindu, Buddhist or Islamic temples that run through the core of the community. Sri Veeramakaliamman is Little India's most popular and most beautiful temple that dates back to the 19th century, whilte the Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple, known also as 'the temple of a thousand lights', houses a 15-metre tall Buddha and, of course, those thousands of lights.

Top Tips from our Experts

"Visit Chinatown Street Market to bag yourself a souvenir, silk robe or lucky cat"