Chinatown was named after bullock carts that used to transport water to its residents in the vicinity. It is a rich cultural site of Singapore made up of several precincts namely Kreta Ayer, Telok Ayer, Tanjong Pagar, Bukit Pasoh and Ann Siang Hill. A designated national conservation site, it features old temples and mosques, eclectic cafes and shops, medical halls, cultural heritage sites, clans and cultural societies, boutique hotels, European fashion houses, bars, pubs, karaoke joints, street and hawker food fare and bridal saloons.
Soak in the cultural sights of Singapore by making a trip down to Chinatown while you are visiting Singapore. Every lunar chinese new year season, Chinatown transforms into a key shopping site for lunar new year goodies, flowers and traditional garments.
Chinatown can be reached directly via the Chinatown MRT Station on the North East Line and the Downtown Line, in the middle of Pagoda Street (which is closed to traffic) and serves the vicinity together with several public bus routes. It is also accessible via The Tanjong Pagar station on the East West Line, Outram Park Interchange which serves as an interchange between the East West Line and North East Line, and Clarke Quay station on the North East Line, as well as a bus terminal, New Bridge Road Bus Terminal.