- Type: Shopping, Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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As a nation comprised of mostly immigrants, Singapore possesses a number of ethnic enclaves. Chinatown is the largest of them. Packed with shops, eateries and food stalls, the neighborhood is constantly buzzing with pedestrians and shopkeepers. When you need a break from the hustle and bustle, retreat to the Chinatown Heritage Centre for a quick history lesson. Or head to the gorgeous Thian Hock Keng Temple for some quiet Zen. And though it's not associated with Chinese culture, you should stop in front of the Sri Mariamman Temple to spy its colorful, intricate facades.
Unless you wish to battle intense crowds, don't visit during the few weeks before the Chinese New Year, which occurs in January or February; last-minute shopping is a killer as stores jack up the prices. To reach the neighborhood, get off the subway at either the Chinatown or Tanjong Pagar MRT stops. To navigate your route, consult our guide to Getting Around Singapore. The attractions at Marina Bay are also within walking distance from here. For more information, check out Chinatown's website.