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The Chinatown Intern: Episode 6 (Part 2) - Cantonese CNY Customs

Did you know that for the Cantonese, offerings to the Kitchen God must include wine and candied fruit? Why having fried sesame balls (煎堆)is a must for Chinese New Year?

Join Kreistel as she meets with Mdm Au from Kong Chow Wui Koon (冈州会馆) to learn more about Chinese New Year customs and auspicious greetings for the Cantonese in Singapore.

Share with us the CNY traditions and greetings that you know!

Welcome to Our Shophouse Museum

The Chinatown Heritage Centre is the gateway for all visitors to trace the footsteps of Singapore's early pioneers and discover the personal stories of people who made Chinatown their home.

Located within three beautifully-restored shophouses on Pagoda Street, the Chinatown Heritage Centre is the only place in Singapore that has recreated the original interiors of its shophouse tenants in the 1950s, offering a rare glimpse into the lives of Chinatown's early residents.


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Awards & Reviews




Truly a not-to-be-missed experience in Singapore. Absolutely fascinating! I took the guided tour with Guan (hope I spelled his name correctly).. his passion for culture and heritage is contagious and he adds a very personal touch to the already amazing museum experience. Kuddos to all involved in this heritage center.

Vanessa Workman


Really interesting centre. We came across it by chance but really glad we did. A comprehensive audio guide took you round and through the history of the Chinese community in Singapore. Fascinating! Strongly recommended!

Stephen Moore


A highly, highly recommended "must-do" in Chinatown! We had the best time here. Great staff- extremely helpful..The kids and I enjoyed the way each exhibit room weaved realistic stories which were fascinating and so brilliantly done! Right near the MRT station ... which helps! We loved it!

Lovinia De Silva


Housed in a restored shop house, which adds to the overall experience. Cool, informative and educational museum to see and hear stories of what life was like back in the day for a hawker, doctor, tailor or worker. They also have fun cultural workshops ideal for kids to learn about traditions and festivals!

Gloria Lam

Online Museum Shop

Visit our online museum shop and discover Chinatown through a specially curated collection of merchandise.

Encounter the People of 1950s Chinatown

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1950s Singapore: Chinatown Heritage Tea Bags

Chinatown Heritage Centre invites all to “yumcha” with iconic characters of Chinatown with the launch of the “1950s Singapore: Chinatown Heritage Tea Bags"


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What's On: Events

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Festive Mouse Hunt

Date: January - December 2020

Time: 9.30am – 6.30pm

Chinese New Year Eve 24 Jan - Closes 5pm

Chinese New Year Day 25 Jan - Closed

Chinese New Year 2nd Day 26 Jan onwards - Business as Usual 9.30am to 6.30pm

Venue: Chinatown Heritage Centre