Chinatown (Singapore)

Since my recent trip to Singapore was already my second time, you could say that I was not as much scared to venture out on my own as compared to the first time I had been there. I was able to figure out how to ride the bus and the MRT on my second day which surprisingly was quite easy as long as you read and follow the maps available in the stations. I happily explored Singapore while my sister was slaving it out in her office. The one place that I frequented to when I was there was Chinatown. I simply love the place. For one thing, they sell so many interesting pieces at a bargain (and I am a sucker when it comes to shopping)–Jades, Chinese bags, fans and wallets, pashmina, shirts, quirky chinese amulets, I mean they are all over Chinatown. This is, to me, the best place where you can buy stuffs to bring home. You can get great finds for like 3 for 10 dollars and sometimes 4 for ten dollars.

I love Chinatown

one of the best places indeed

one of the shops


busy street

In one of my outings to Chinatown, I chanced upon the Sri Mariamman Temple, a beautiful Indian temple. I got curious and went inside since it is open to tourist. As soon as you enter the gates though, you have to take off your shoes and walk barefoot since you are standing in what they considered as holy ground. If you want to bring your camera with you and take some pictures, they also charge a minimal fee of 2 dollars. I was mesmerized by the beautiful hand painted ceilings and big statues of their Gods.

at the entance

handpainted ceiling

work of art

looks like a tombstone

main door of the temple

worship area

Indian Gods

On the other side of Chinatown stood the Buddah Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, a buddhist temple. I specifically looked for this place because they said it is beautiful. True enough, it left me awestruck. You do not have to take off your shoes here but you have to be careful not ot disturb the ones worshipping. The security team is also very strict with the distances so you always have to respect the line. You cannot go past it or else they will get upset, after all it is their place of worship. When I went there, there was a worship going on so I had to wait for it to finish so I can see up close the giant buddhas made in (sigh!) gold. I made sure I did not miss anything, there is just so much to see. In one of the floors, there is this Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic made in stuppa and pure gold. You can go inside the room but you cannot take pictures so I just stayed long enough for me remember how it looked like since I cannot capture it in film. This Buddhist temple is truly, truly beautiful. I was lost in this place for hours just drinking in the sights.

Buddhist temple

Universal Wisdom Hall (with the giant buddhas)

Pagoda of A Thousand Buddhas

Prayer wheel

just a small portion of the thousand Buddhas (mini ones)

lots of Buddahs around

My Zodiac Sign God

Buddhists in worship

Worship Hall

Posing with one of the Wisdom Buddah

last shot before stepping outside

looks majestic from outside

This is one of the things that I love about Singapore, the abundant culture clearly present there. It is very rich and diverse. Whether you’re a foreigner living there or just a transient visitor, the place, it just grows on you.:)

22 Comments on Chinatown (Singapore)

  1. Toothache
    November 8, 2017 at 2:09 pm (2 months ago)

    Nice one….. Best article thanks

  2. Stacy
    February 27, 2012 at 5:58 pm (6 years ago)

    Mas rich nga culture nila kasi preserve pa

    • Blanca
      February 28, 2012 at 2:57 am (6 years ago)

      Yes Stacy, I agree.:)

  3. Enzo
    February 24, 2012 at 5:12 pm (6 years ago)

    I guess China towns are really cool and interesting.

    • Blanca
      February 25, 2012 at 7:54 am (6 years ago)

      Yeah renzo they are.:)

  4. markpogi
    February 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm (6 years ago)

    My wife has been there but she wasn’t able to go to Chinatown (she’s busy with work). Anyways, thanks for sharing this as I’ll have it bookmarked. ^_^

    • Blanca
      February 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks Mark!:)

  5. Mai
    February 23, 2012 at 1:30 pm (6 years ago)

    Love your photos! Ang funny nga kasi I’ve been to SIN twice na, and have always included Chinatown sa itinerary ko.. pero diko pa din napuntahan! Siguro next time, sasadyain ko na talaga, tutal madali lang to go around. =)

    • Blanca
      February 23, 2012 at 11:48 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks Mai.:)

  6. DG Formoso
    February 23, 2012 at 11:37 am (6 years ago)

    reading your post doesn’t just make your readers travel with you, they get to learn na rin from the information you provide.

    • Blanca
      February 23, 2012 at 11:46 am (6 years ago)

      Thanks DG!:)

  7. Cha
    February 23, 2012 at 8:42 am (6 years ago)

    Wow! The Buddhas reminds me of 10,000 Buddha in Hong Kong! I hope this Temple of Buddha in Singapore is much accessible than those in Hong Kong.

    • Blanca
      February 23, 2012 at 11:47 am (6 years ago)

      Very accesible Cha. It is right at the heart of the city.:)

  8. michi
    February 23, 2012 at 8:23 am (6 years ago)

    thanks for sharing this. i have no idea that there’s chinatown in SG. if ever makabalik ako ng SG, i will surely visit this place. =)

    • Blanca
      February 23, 2012 at 11:47 am (6 years ago)

      Thanks Michi!:)

  9. Gabz
    February 23, 2012 at 7:28 am (6 years ago)

    I’ve never been to Singapore but I think I will love it there. The Sri Mariamman temple looks beautiful.

    • Blanca
      February 23, 2012 at 11:47 am (6 years ago)

      Thanks Gabz.:)

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  11. Janice
    June 28, 2010 at 6:18 am (8 years ago)

    Interesting place, I will go here. Thanks for sharing.:)

    • Blanca
      June 29, 2010 at 2:23 am (8 years ago)

      thank you too.:)

  12. catlimson
    June 21, 2010 at 1:57 pm (8 years ago)

    oh i think i’m going to like china town too 🙂

    • Blanca
      June 21, 2010 at 10:37 pm (8 years ago)

      I am definitely sure you will cat.:)


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