Chinatown, Singapore



Walking through Chinatown
Chinatown makes a great destination for an interesting walk through Singapore, away from the towering skyscrapers and
modern shopping malls. Suggested walking streets in Chinatown include Temple Street, Ayer Tawar and Tanjung Pagar occupied 2-3 storey old shophouses. Many of these building were built during the British colonial era in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Except for the modern vehicles passing through the streets, you can't help feeling being lost in time.

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Temple Street by Terence Ong

The heart of Singapore's Chinatown is situated around the Chinatown MRT Station. A touristy and over commercialised area of Chinatown but yet a lively (livelier in the evening) and interesting place to be in. There is a street market targeting tourists searching for the typical cheap souvenirs and gifts to take back home. As evening approaches, Smith Street transforms into an open air dining area with street stalls serving a mind boggling variety of Chinese dishes. Pay notice to the rows of small shops situated in the old shophouses selling traditional items such as Chinese meat floss, cakes and "dubious" looking antiques.

Chinatown, Singapore

Chinese shop in Chinatown

If you are searching for an exotic spa treatment or traditional Asian massage, then head to Chinatown. Treatments here, though not necessarily the cheapest, are much cheaper than you would pay at the luxury hotels in Singapore. A few are listed below.

Rustic Nirvana
25 Cantonment Rd (Outram Park MRT Station, exit H). Tel: +65 6238 6890
Balinese-style spa with over 80 face and body treatment options from various Asian cultures. Techniques include Chinese acupressure, Japanese massage, Chopstick Oriental Healing Massage and
applications with Thai herbs. Treatments include facial, body and foot reflexology. Ladies Only.

45-46 Amoy St. Tel: +65 6221 2203
Spread over 3,500 sq ft in a charmingly restored shophouse, this day spa offers hair removal for women and men, waxing and skin treatments with jazz and bossanova music playing in the background.

Qimantra Remedial Spa
83A Club Street. Tel: +65-62215691
Offers traditional Chinese remedial massage in a modern setting. Treatment prices range from SGD30 for 30 minutes to SGD120 for 2 hours.

Bath Culture Foot Therapy
59 Temple Street Chinatown. Tel: +65 6226 6289
Focuses on foot massages. Uses traditional techniques and herbal remedies with natural ingredients and plays oriental music during the massage.

Living Wellness
24A Pagoda St. Tel: +65 6235 4454
Features colon hydrotherapy, coffee enema and far infra-red sauna in a private and relaxing environment.

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