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Thian Hock Keng Temple-Chinatown-Singapore|Things to visit in Singapore

Thian Hock Keng temple-Chinatown-Singapore is best things to visit in Singapore. This Singapore temple Chinese temple. It’s ancient Buddhist temple Singapore. This shows Singapore’s Hokkien culture. Buddha tooth Relic temple, Chinatown Singapore shopping is must not miss things to do in Singapore.

Chinatown Singapore is historical  bustling mix of old and new, filled with traditional places like Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and museum, Thian Hock Keng-temple, Sri Mariamman temple, Nagore Dargah, Chinatown Heritage center and Chinatown visitors center . Also famous for street market & food street.

1.Thian Hock Keng Temple-Chinatown-Singapore

Thian Hock Keng temple-Chinatown-Singapore Location – Telok Ayer Street

In 18th century Chinese people who travel through sea worshiped Sea goddess – Mazu, after their safe arrival to Singapore. It’s also known as Tianfu temple. Main attraction for the temple is dragon. The temple architecture at ceiling includes dragons and motifs.

Thian Hock Keng temple-Chinatown-Singapore

Chinese temple – Singapore

Main pagoda rooftop is in Octagonal shape embellished with beautiful deatails of gold finish. Red lights are attractive through out temple and shows Singapore’s Hokkien culture.

Reference – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thian_Hock_Keng


Chinese temple - Singapore

Dragons on Pagoda

Buddhist temple Singapore

2. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and museum

Location – South Bridge Road

It’s a Buddha temple based on Tooth relic of Buddha. and can visit a museum also. At night it looks great with red and gold colors. It’s a popular attraction of Chinatown.

Buddha Tooth Relic temple & museum

Buddhist temple

Singapore temple(Hindu temple) in Chinatown

3. Sri Mariamman temple

Location – South Bridge Road

In the shrine houses sri Mariamman who is mother goddess in south India. The temple architecture is in South Indian style with main tower at entrance followed by flagpole. Sub shrines are dedicated to Rama. Krishna, Ganesh, Murugan, Drupadi and pancha Pandavas.

Singapore temple

Sri Mariamman temple

Fire walking festival is attraction in this temple before week of Deepavali.This temple has honour of National monument.

4. Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage center and Masjid Jamae (Chulia)

Location – Telok Ayer Street

These are old mosques of Indian Muslims in Chinatown. These 18th century mosques are architectures with Indo-Islam marks.


Chinatown Singapore

Chinatown Singapore

Things to do in Chinatown

5. Singapore Musical Box Museum

Location – Telok Ayer Street

If you are musical lover, it’s the place you must not miss. You can explore varieties of musical boxes of European culture, resembling 19th & 20th centuries.

6. Chinatown Heritage center

Location – Pagoda street

Visit to know little bit about culture and heritage charm of Singapore’s Chinatown. Also visit Chinatown Heritage center official website for more details.

Things to visit in Chinatown Singapore

Chinatown map

Chinatown Singapore Shopping

7. Chinatown visitors center

Location – Banda street

If you want to plan your Chinatown tour perfectly come and book tickets with guide. One can shop to keep memories of Chinese culture.



Singapore shopping

Chinatown Singapore



8. Chinatown street market

Location – Pagoda street, Sago street, Smith street, Trengganu street

These are best street market places to explore real Chinatown market.




Chinatown attractions

Chinatown attractions


9. Chinatown Food street

Location – Smith street

To get best food and beverages roam here at night lights which is colorful and beautiful.



10. China square central flea market

Location – Cross street

During Sunday this place is fully crowded with sellers,stalls&tourists. The mall is home to books to phones and many China items.


                                                                                                             Discover Chinatown Singapore

2 Hour route:

Experience the traditional and culture within Chinatown. Visit Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and admire the tales associated with Buddhism. Next visit Chinatown food street. Notice grand tower entrance(gopuram) at Sri Mariamman Temple. Explore the Chinatown street market stalls find goods and trinkets in the traditional culture.

5 Hour route:

Loose yourself in a half day exploration of heritage and culture. Taste local cuisines at Maxwell Food center. Must visit Thian Hock Keng temple show casing Chinese culture. Give a choice between Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and museum and Sri Mariamman temple. Then explore Chinatown heritage center. End your day by unwinding at Club street or Ann Siang road.

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Gayathri Sharma is travel enthusiast from India. Adventure lover, Travel blogger by profession. She loves to write on Indian tradition and culture and always fascinated by Indian temples.Read some good articles about Travel around the world from her website YatrasBlog.


  1. Fascinating Views. very well presented.

  2. Abhijit says:

    You have described temples of Singapore nicely. So many temples, so many philosophies sitting close by. Really feels good.

  3. Anita says:

    This looks great. Nice pics and info.
    Didn’t have much time to explore Singapore in my last visit.
    Hopefully will have more time when I visit next 🙂

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