Serving as a gateway into the rich history of the bustling neighbourhood of Singapore's Chinatown, Chinatown Heritage Centre is located in three beautifully-restored shophouses along Pagoda Street. Housing an extensive collection of photographs, as well as objects dating as far back as 1819 to the present day, Chinatown Heritage Centre has a story for each one of them. These photographs and artefacts teach one about the daily lives of those early Chinese immigrants who risked their lives to arrive in a new city, in search of a better life, after a long and perilous journey. Tales of their endurance and fortitude are embedded in the rooms and narrow passages of the building. If every wrinkle on a face tells of experience, imagine all that can be said in the portraits you see here.
On purchasing a ticket, you will be provided with a multimedia guide which gives you an audio tour of the entire centre. The stories about the life back then are sure to give one goosebump. A visit to the Chinatown Heritage Centre is like taking a time-machine into the past, tracing footpaths of the pioneers of Chinatown. The colourful history of Chinatown comes alive within the walls of these three beautifully-restored shophouses.
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