0
Singapore Travel

A Walk Through Singapore’s Chinatown

Singapore-Chinatown

I’ve only been to Singapore’s Chinatown before – and that was in my first visit back in 2007. All I remember then were shops selling affordable souvenirs like t-shirts and magnets. That’s all I remembered. My 12 years old self only saw a portion of what Chinatown has to offer and I was so glad to explore it with my uncle and brother – who might have actually explored a bit too much since my feet were screaming after just a few hours already.

It was a weekday and the rest of the family are already dead tired for going out for 5 days straight so I was sure I had to either explore Singapore alone or bribe my brother with food to accompany me. They’re staying for a month while I only got nine days so I can see why they want to rest. I also invited my uncle to come explore with me since he also just got nine days + I know he’ll treat us some snacks. And he’s also just four-five years older than me so I know he’ll be interested in the outdoors and not just want to stay in the malls like *cough, cough* my mom. HAHAHA.

Singapore Chinatown; Richel Goes Places

Chinatown was a good place to explore. There were pastel colored buildings, Chinese lanterns, a swarm of stores, random trinkets, nearby temples AND delicious food at an affordable price. Just outside the Chinatown station, there was this food stall that sells the most delicious pork buns! They were even better than the ones being sold in restaurant. I can’t wait to come back for it.

Singapore Chinatown; Richel Goes Places

Singapore Chinatown; Richel Goes Places

Singapore Chinatown; Richel Goes Places

Singapore Chinatown; Richel Goes Places

Singapore Chinatown; Richel Goes Places

Singapore Chinatown; Richel Goes Places

Singapore Chinatown; Richel Goes Places

Singapore Chinatown; Richel Goes Places

Within five-ten minutes of walking from the Chinatown MRT station, we came across Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple. I wasn’t quite sure if tourists are allowed inside but we saw some Americans come in so we went in as well. There’s also some cloths in the entrance for women to cover up in. I was wearing shorts so I decided to wear one; it’s free. Footwear is also not allowed and the ground was scorching hot so we had blisters from walking around the place. This is the first Hindu temple I’ve been inside of so I was impressed with the sculptures around the place. (Please correct me of the right term for that.)

Singapore Chinatown; Richel Goes Places

Singapore Chinatown; Richel Goes Places

Singapore Chinatown; Richel Goes Places

Singapore Chinatown; Richel Goes Places

Singapore Chinatown; Richel Goes Places

A few blocks away from Sri Mariamman Temple is the Buddha Tooth Relic. People were praying inside when we came by. It was so different from how Catholics do it, that’s for sure. I was really hesitant to come in as I was wearing shorts so I didn’t go all the way in the temple, unlike my brother and uncle. The structure was so beautiful though and I think its six levels high.

Singapore Chinatown; Richel Goes Places

Singapore Chinatown; Richel Goes Places

Singapore Chinatown; Richel Goes Places

Singapore Chinatown; Richel Goes Places

Singapore Chinatown; Richel Goes Places

We bought some Slurpee from a nearby 7/11 afterwards to satisfy our thirst and to beat the heat before taking a different path back to the MRT station.

Singapore Chinatown; Richel Goes Places

Singapore Chinatown; Richel Goes Places

Singapore Chinatown; Richel Goes Places

Singapore Chinatown; Richel Goes Places

Singapore Chinatown; Richel Goes Places

Singapore Chinatown; Richel Goes Places

Singapore Chinatown; Richel Goes Places

This was only 1/3 of the things we did that day as we headed to Bugis after Chinatown to see the Instagram-famous Haji Lane and shop and dine at Singapore’s City Hall. That was a mall, not an actual City Hall, haha. See you on my next post!

Where’s your favorite Chinatown?

xoxo, Richel V.

Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Bloglovin

You Might Also Like...

74 Comments

  • Reply
    Kendz Mardon
    August 3, 2016 at 4:53 AM

    China town there in Singapore looks pretty awesome! The one in London, near to where we live is pretty good, although I don’t think it’s as big as some around the world.

    Kendz,
    http://www.likemardons.co.uk

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      August 15, 2016 at 6:09 PM

      Nice to hear that Chinatowns go alll the way over there tho! would love to see how those looks like. I’m always used to seeing a big Chinatown with plenty of food and cheap finds.

  • Reply
    Jeini Relova
    July 29, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    It is as if I am China rather than in Singapore. Haha. I always wanted to try one of these China like towns and I can wait to experience mine too. Lovely photos too Rich. <3

    Spices + Everything Nice | http://www.ajeinomoto.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      August 1, 2016 at 11:00 AM

      Have you been to Binondo yet? I’m not sure if it looks like this one in SG! 🙂

  • Reply
    dariyan
    July 23, 2016 at 2:09 AM

    Wow you have some lovely pictures here! great post!

    Darriyan xx
    http://www.darriyancateland.blogspot.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 25, 2016 at 11:11 AM

      Thanks, Darriyan!

  • Reply
    Kelsey&Kenecha
    July 22, 2016 at 10:36 PM

    Great photos! 🙂

    Florals&Smiles

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 25, 2016 at 10:51 AM

      Thank you. 🙂

  • Reply
    Sheena
    July 20, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    Sri Mariamman Temple looks so mesmerizing! BTW, what kind of camera did you use? 🙂

    sheenconcepcion.blogspot.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 23, 2016 at 9:57 AM

      Hi Sheena! Most photos here were shoot using my iPhone5S. Others were from my uncle’s iPhone6S! 🙂

  • Reply
    mintnoti
    July 20, 2016 at 3:51 AM

    Great post! I haven’t been to Singapore before, but it seems like they have a really nice Chinatown. I love exploring a city’s Chinatown whenever I visit, they are always so fun. My favourite is in San Francisco.

    Eden | Mint Notion

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 25, 2016 at 11:10 AM

      It was! Like the rest of Singapore, it was really spotless and safe to roam no matter what time.

  • Reply
    Dora
    July 19, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    Loving the colors! I would love to roam there too!!
    Loving your blog! Followed on bloglovin!
    Dora http://www.BangsBang.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 25, 2016 at 10:54 AM

      Thanks, Dora! 🙂

  • Reply
    Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's
    July 19, 2016 at 3:58 AM

    Haha I have to bribe my brothers to go out too, and my mom is almost always only looking for places to shop 😛 I love that last picture; the light is so beautiful! I’m currently located near Philly, so I go to that Chinatown all the time 😀 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 25, 2016 at 11:10 AM

      I didn’t realize how the light looks until you point it out! I wouldn’t mind going to Chinatown a lot because their food is just amazing!

  • Reply
    The Fashion Folks
    July 19, 2016 at 1:15 AM

    Looks so much fun, always go to cities different chinatowns too hahah! Xx

    http://www.thefashionfolks.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 25, 2016 at 10:54 AM

      I’m trying to go to as many Chinatowns as I can, as well! 🙂

  • Reply
    Clint Mamuri
    July 18, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    I haven’t been to other Chinatown but here in the Philippines. You surely have enjoyed your SG Chinatown experience based on your photos.

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 19, 2016 at 9:27 AM

      I consider it a must of some sorts when visiting Asian countries – though they mostly look the same. It was fun; can’t wait to come back!

  • Reply
    Gemma
    July 18, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    Such amazing photos! Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 19, 2016 at 9:24 AM

      Thanks, Gemma!

  • Reply
    Deeann Whitfield
    July 18, 2016 at 3:40 PM

    So amazing photos, you must have a nice time here!

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 18, 2016 at 4:51 PM

      Thank yoU! I did have a great time. 🙂

  • Reply
    Mica
    July 18, 2016 at 5:15 AM

    The photos look great and it’s lovely you got a chance to explore! I’ve only been to Singapore once when I was little but I’d love to visit again soon.

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 18, 2016 at 4:44 PM

      I honestly wouldn’t mind going back to SG every year. Hope you can visit again soon! 🙂

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 18, 2016 at 4:49 PM

      It is! 🙂

  • Reply
    Georgia
    July 18, 2016 at 2:08 AM

    Your pictures have got me so excited to see that part of the world!

    http://www.theweekendattic.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 18, 2016 at 3:15 PM

      I hope you see it soon, Georgia! 🙂

  • Reply
    Rea
    July 17, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    That’s probably the trickiest part of exploring – the “alay-lakad” part! HAHA. But well, as long as your feet and legs can survive, why not. I hope to visit SG soon. Haven’t been to any ChinaTown, not even the one in Manila or the lil ones here in Cebu hehe

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 18, 2016 at 4:46 PM

      TRU DAT! Especially when you only have a few days to explore so you’ll be doing alay-lakad for days straight! Hahaha! Haven’t been to any Chinatown in PH myself, lol.

  • Reply
    Claudia Zhu
    July 17, 2016 at 11:04 PM

    These photos are all so beautiful!! I just found your blog and love your travel posts, I followed you on bloglovin 😀
    Believe it or not, i’ve never been to a single Chinatown T__T so I can’t really say which one is my favourite……

    Furthermore, if it isn’t too much to ask please check out my giveaway!!

    http://toomanybiases.blogspot.pt/2016/07/hello-people-today-im-here-with_17.html

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 18, 2016 at 5:03 PM

      Thanks for dropping by on my little ole blog! Hope you can visit a Chinatown soon; I’ve only been to two of them! 🙂

  • Reply
    Flo
    July 17, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    Nice blog! I wanna go to Singapore now, esp Haji Lane!

    Care to follow each other on Google Friend connect- follow me too?

    http://www.fantailflo.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 18, 2016 at 3:16 PM

      Do it. 😉

  • Reply
    Monique | WritingMonique
    July 17, 2016 at 4:49 PM

    I’ve never been to any China town before, but they always look SO fun! Love all these photos!
    WritingMonique

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 18, 2016 at 4:48 PM

      Chinatown always look vibrant with it’s red color theme. 🙂

  • Reply
    aktcornelio
    July 17, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    I love Singapore! It’s so vibrant and there’s always so much to do!

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 18, 2016 at 4:49 PM

      Very true!

  • Reply
    oliviattm
    July 17, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    Haha I can’t believe your parents let you roam Singapore alone when you were younger! I doubt my parents would let me do that now as a 20 year old hahah!

    Anyway it looks so beautiful there. If I ever visit Singapore, I’ll be sure to stop by and check it out 🙂

    Olivia | THE TASTEMAKER

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 18, 2016 at 5:52 PM

      It’s definitely one of the places you can visit for free and that doesn’t include malls! 🙂

  • Reply
    Sonali@Skincarevilla
    July 17, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    I have to visit Singapore still…..will tell my husband to plan 🙂

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 18, 2016 at 4:50 PM

      I’m sure that’ll be a fun trip, if it pushes through!

  • Reply
    Cy Palma
    July 17, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    Wow! All the pictures are beautiful, it’s such an incredible place! I am especially impressed by the temple, all those sculptures are so detailed and perfectly done, as well as the whole architecture. What a great place to visit 🙂

    Cy | Dulce de Mango

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 18, 2016 at 5:20 PM

      The temples were pretty awesome! I was able to visit more during my SG trip and they didn’t disappoint. 🙂

  • Reply
    Kai
    July 17, 2016 at 6:00 AM

    The last time I have been to Singapore was 2012 when I danced with the Singapore Ballet Academy and I haven’t roamed much. I hope to visit this Chinatown when I come back! My favorite Chinatown is in Binondo hahaha 😀

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 17, 2016 at 6:42 AM

      That sounds like an adventure, Kai! I haven’t visited Binondo yet, huhu. But I’ve been seeing a lot of foodtrip posts about the place and I’m hoping I can visit soon!

  • Reply
    wildxtales
    July 17, 2016 at 3:30 AM

    it looks so full of life and positive energy!! love to go to singapore one day..i just have to deal with long flightsXD
    xx from italy
    Cate ღ kate/idoscope.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 17, 2016 at 6:39 AM

      Chinatown always has this buzzing energy around it – no matter what country it’s in! Maybe you can do a trip around Asia to justify the long haul flight. 😉

  • Reply
    Yiota
    July 17, 2016 at 12:44 AM

    Your photos amazing! My parents visited Singapore many years ago and from the pictures I saw, I loved it! Wanna go one day for sure! 🙂

    Yiota
    Pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 18, 2016 at 11:33 AM

      Hope you’ll be able to visit! Singapore is a great country. 🙂

  • Reply
    Emily
    July 16, 2016 at 9:11 PM

    Beautiful photos and this place looks amazing! Lovely post, thanks for sharing<3
    FloralsAndCoralsx//Our Blog
    Bloglovin’

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 18, 2016 at 11:33 AM

      Thanks, Emily! 🙂

  • Reply
    April Rose Pengilly
    July 16, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    Incredible photos! I really want to visit here now!
    April xx

    | APRIL ROSE PENGILLY |

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 17, 2016 at 6:40 AM

      I’m sure there’s a Chinatown near you! 🙂

  • Reply
    dariyan
    July 16, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    Wow i would love to visit Singapore!! You’ve got some lovely photo’s!
    Darriyan xx
    http://www.darriyancateland.blogspot.co.uk

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 17, 2016 at 6:43 AM

      Book it! The country’s worth the visit. <3

  • Reply
    Regina (mybeautymusings)
    July 16, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    Welcome to Singapore! 🙂 You captured Chinatown beautifully. Hope you were able to eat many delicious Singapore food while you were here!

    xoxo
    Regina
    http://mybeautymusings.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 17, 2016 at 6:43 AM

      Thank you, Regina! Yes, I ate quite a lot to this trip compared to my previous ones. Still haven’t tried laksa though. I heard it was spicy, haha.

  • Reply
    Kandice
    July 16, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    Chinatown is nicer in Singapore than in Thailand 😀

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 17, 2016 at 6:40 AM

      Still, I’d like to visit Chinatown all over Asia! <3

  • Reply
    Stephanie
    July 16, 2016 at 3:30 AM

    I can almost feel how bustling the streets are! Looks like so much fun with so many things to see. And those rubber chickens are way too funny!

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 18, 2016 at 11:33 AM

      One of the reasons I took a photo of it! I remember watching it from Japanese shows, hahaha.

  • Reply
    Bea
    July 15, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    I saw Sri Mariamman Temple kaya lang in Malaysia. Singapore’s is nicer. Excited for your next SG posts. Went in SG around 2011 and there’s no Haji Lane pa. Sana I can go baaaack. 🙂

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 15, 2016 at 3:27 PM

      I thought unique names yung temples. Haha. I was only able to find out about Haji Lane this year, too. It was a looong walk, but the place is good for taking Instagram photos, lol.

  • Reply
    Jannette
    July 15, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    The photos look beautiful! I hope I can visit someday. 🙂

    -Jannette | The Diary of a Daydreamer

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 17, 2016 at 6:41 AM

      Thanks, Jannette!

  • Reply
    Nerdy Maria
    July 15, 2016 at 2:37 AM

    This Chinatown looks amazing! We don’t have one in my country, so I am not sure how it looks like for real. Love to visit it one day! x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 15, 2016 at 10:36 AM

      Hope you get to visit one soon, Leta. Any Chinatown, in any country, gives a hint of Asia! <3

  • Reply
    Danica Rama
    July 14, 2016 at 10:35 PM

    Ahhhhh Singapore!!! With the crazy schedule that I have now, I wish I could find the time to book a ticket to Singapore. I’ve been wanting to go there since forever. Lovely post Richel, always love your travel posts 🙂

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 15, 2016 at 10:30 AM

      Hope your schedule clears up soon! It’s definitely worth a visit or two – or maybe I’m just biased since I consider it my second home, haha.

  • Reply
    Nichie
    July 14, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    That VIBRANCE despite your description of it being pastel. I love it -I could almost smell the pork buns haha

    blog.nichieenriquez.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 15, 2016 at 10:37 AM

      I was planning to make it pastel-like and lighter when post-processing the photos but I like these ones more! And making this post made me miss the pork buns. Still looking for good ones here in Manila.

Leave a Reply