Best MonthsSeptember - May
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Reviews of Chinatown • 8
I started my next day exploring Chinatown, it is a bustling mix of old and new, filled with traditional shops and markets as well as cool stores and cafes and as its name implies it certainly gives you the feel as if you have entered China. There are many places to explore in this area like Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple (oldest Hindu temple in Singapore), China Street Market, Jamae Mosque, Thian Hock Keng Temple, China Town Heritage Centre, to name a few. If you’re a foodie, try 'char kway teow' (stir-fried noodles) and 'satay' (barbecued meat skewers) at Chinatown Food Street, a row of hawker stalls, shophouse restaurants and kiosks along Smith Street. Buy souvenirs in Pagoda Street.
Both Kali and I love visiting religious places – sometimes because of the artistic splendour the places have to offer and sometimes because of the cultural hotspots that these places are noted for being. However, our experience at the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple can be best described in superlatives. You would be enthralled by the stunning silence of the place – an archaic Chinese building – interrupted only by the rhythmic humming of the chants by the monks. Once there, don’t forget to visit the museum upstairs that showcases Buddhist history in the inexplicably vivid way, and also spend some quality time in the rooftop garden.
Our next stop was Siloso Beach. With its clear blue waters, its perfect place to get sun bathed. After completing cable car ride, we took a drop at Vivo City Mall and moved on to our last destination China Town. The moment you enter this place you can feel the vibes of China. This beautifully decorated market with lanterns offers some delicious chinese cuisisne. You can shop to your heart content here. This whole market has free wifi which can be one more reason to spend some gala time here.
Chinatown: Your first stop should be this place. I know that Singapore is about Marina Bay Sands but trust me you should save the best for last. Chinatown is a MRT station and soon as you disembark you will be welcome by hoards of stalls selling souvenirs, apparels etc. This is the cheapest place to shop souvenirs and save yup those dollars from other costly outlets. From the shoppes, head to the Hindu temple a few steps away. Here you will require head to toe clothing. This is a traditional Tamil temple with many Hindu deities to worship. Next head to the amazing Buddha Tooth Relic temple. This is a must visit place and is open only until 7 PM. It is a museum as well. The Buddha residing at the first level is mesmerising and it’s not just one of it! Explore other floors of the museum while you are there.
Singapore is almost synonymous with its dynamic, sumptuous street food scene and when in the city, make sure you gorge on bowls of spicy noodle soup along with lao sim shredded chicken and dumplings (among a million other delicious things). In order to treat yourself to this explosion of flavours, head to Chinatown and Toa Payoh.
Nice spot to chill out with a beer in the evening. Place for shopping cheap souvenirs like key chains, t-shirts etc
The lights were festive and it was the first place in Singapore where I experienced people being around and about, enjoying the nights towards the Chinese New Year.