Friday, February 28, 2020

Singapore's Chinatown

Chinatown is Singapore's largest ethnic enclave, with five districts packed with things to do and see (not to mention, eat).  We arrive shortly after the Chinese New Year celebration and many of the decorations are still up.


We wander through the covered pedestrian streets, admiring the shops and restaurants and stopping to purchase a thing or two.

Streets of Chinatown

On the far side of Chinatown, we come on the Budda Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, with an extensive collection of Buddhist culture, art, and relics, including what Buddhists consider to be the left canine tooth of Buddha, recovered from his funeral pyre in India.  The temple is spectacular and even includes a small tea house for relaxation.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

On the outskirts of Chinatown, Ann Siang Hill was known for its residences of rich Chinese and Straits businessmen and was the locations of Chinese clan associations, trade guilds, and entertainment clubs.  It is still a great-looking neighborhood.

 Streets and street art of Ann Siang Hill

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