Weekend Out In Chinatown.
Chinatown through Lens.
Break of Day in Chinatown.
Rain and shine mornings, Clean and tidy streets, glowing faces, every place which tells story and that’s how I am discovering more about Singapore. It’s going to be a year for me I’ve moved in to this Country. Since childhood I’ve been travelling a lot and so I guess travelling, exploring some new places, facts and faces of the city are kind of become passion. On the verge of discovering, found some interesting facts of Singapore very own Chinatown.
Before I proceed would like to share a small story of Singapore. This story I learnt in Sentosa- Merlion visit. Malay legend has it that long ago a Sumatran prince visiting the island of Temasek saw a strange animal, which was identified to him as Lion. The good omen prompted the prince to found a city on the spot of the sighting which he named Singapura – Lion city in Sanskrit.
Singapore’s cultural heart is Chinatown, I was completely amazed when I stepped in the street. Chinatown provides a glimpse of old ways- the ways of the Chinese immigrants that shaped and built modern Singapore. Located within three beautifully restored shophouses along Pagoda street, I stepped in Chinatown Heritage Centre houses a wealth of memories and untold stories from the past. In this place you can discover the secrets and chronicles of the migrants who made the extreme journey from their homeland to Singapore. I started wondering WOW, If these shophouses and their rooms could speak, what tales would they have told? This place showcase the ‘Golden Years’ of Chinatown, the galleries were paint a bright and colourful picture of life in the early 50s, can say much in contrast to the decade before .
Beautiful evening and especially on weekends me and my family love to visit temple. And so we headed to the most remarkable temple of Singapore Sri Mariamman Temple. This temple on the south bridge road, right in the heart of Chinatown. It’s one of the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore. It was built in 1827 but rebuilt in 1862. With its colourful Gopuram(tower) over the entrance gate, this is clearly a temple in the south Indian Dravidian style. A splendid collection of colourfully painted Hindu figures in gopuram.
Many buildings in this area have been demolished and redeveloped over the last 34years, though the greatest changes have occurred around 1990. Chinatown is a must place to wander around if you visit Singapore. This place contains Singapore’s most distinguished temples and there are plenty shopping outlets and people who wants to try local flavour are filled with choices. The People’s Park complex and Centre are good places to shop. This complex has an interesting market for everyday goods and cheap shops. Not to forget to peep into antiques and crafts shop near Pagoda street, Temple and Smith streets.
I signed off this place with some beautiful captures, shopping and a divine evening with temple bells. I am sure, people who make a visit here will always remember the spark of this place. Great place to visit for tourists and resident they simply love this place.