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Trip to Singapore – Day three: Chinatown

Chinatown’s primary attraction is the town itself, composed as it is of restored shop houses full of strange little shops (main post) selling everything from lanterns and plastic Buddhas to dried seahorses. There is also a cluster of expensive antique shops on South Bridge Rd. Numerous shopping malls selling Chinese handicrafts, antiques, fashion items (Workshop 1), home accessories and Chinese medicine. Wander at random and see what you can find!

Singapore’s Chinatown evolved around 1821 when the first Chinese junk arrived from Xiamen, Fujian province in China. The passengers, all men, set up home around the south of the Singapore River which is known today as Telok Ayer. Chinatown’s local name - Niu Che Shui (Bullock Cart Water) arose from the fact each household at that time had to collect fresh water from the wells in Ann Siang Hill and Spring Street, using bullock-drawn carts.

Not all parts of Chinatown are Chinese though. The Jamae Mosque (Workshop 2) and Sri Mariamman Temple (previous post) along South Bridge Road lay witness to the harmonious racial and religious atmosphere in Singapore.

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