Your First Step
to Discovering Chinatown
Make the Chinatown Heritage Centre your first stop and join us on our tours led by the iconic characters of Chinatown to fully experience the rich culture and heritage charm of Singapore’s Chinatown.


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1. The Chinese Zodiac – Current Exhibition


To celebrate the New Year, Chinatown Heritage Centre presents “The Chinese Zodiac” by Glacy Soh in collaboration with Meredith Tan. “The Chinese Zodiac” features 12 original animal signs done digitally on 12 original fabric cloths done traditionally. The artworks are created by 2 artists with very different backgrounds and styles. As Glacy describes, “Meredith and I can't be more different. For one, she is young, I am 3 cycles ahead of her and when it comes to art, I am old school and she is modern. I hold a brush, she holds a stylus. She has formal art training, I have no rules!”

The artworks will be on display at Chinatown Heritage Centre for the month of January 2018. A new line of merchandise on “The Chinese Zodiac” series is also available for sale at the museum retail shop.

Date: 1 Jan to 2 Mar 2018

Time: 9am to 8pm

Price: Event Free Admission

Venue: Chinatown Heritage Centre

2. “Go Trishaw Go” 三轮车跑得快 – Launch on 3 Feb 2018 (Sat)

 In conjunction with the launch of his picture book “Go Trishaw Go”, architect-cum-author Francis Wong Hooe Wai will be exhibiting his original watercolour illustrations at the Chinatown Heritage Centre. Join us for a weekend of fun with storytelling and nursery rhyme sing-along sessions led by Francis. Also, play an exciting game of solving architectural puzzles to find the little bear! Stand to win fabulous prizes including a trishaw and treasure hunt experience on the new “Chinatown Trishaw Trail” inspired by the book.

Suitable for children aged 6 to 12 (young children must be accompanied by adults)

Book Launch

  • §  Mandarin Session - 3 Feb 2018 (Sat) at 10.30am
  • §  English Session - 4 Feb 2018 (Sun) at 10.30am

Launch Activities

  • §  “Go Trishaw Go” Storytelling
  • §  Nursery Rhyme Sing-Along
  • §  Games Segment - Architectural Puzzles & Teddy Bear Hunt

Exhibition of Picture Book Illustrations

  • §  3 Feb to 16 Mar 2018
  • §  9am to 8pm

Price: Event Free Admission

Venue: Chinatown Heritage Centre 

3. “Go Trishaw Go” Treasure Hunt 三轮车寻宝游戏
Launch on 3 Feb 2018 (Sat)


Take a trishaw ride, or simply stroll along the streets of Chinatown in a hunt for some of the historical landmarks featured in the picture book Go Trishaw Go. Capture snapshots of yourself with the "treasures" on these buildings. Complete the hunt to have a go at the traditional Tikam Tikam game of chance and stand to win even more "treasures"! Suitable for children aged 6 to 12 (young children must be accompanied by adults)

Walking Treasure Hunt

  • §  With the purchase of “Go Trishaw Go” picture book or postcards, a complimentary treasure hunt map to be given
  • §  Participants are to complete the treasure hunt trail and return to Chinatown Heritage Centre with all the snapshots of themselves together with the “treasures”
  • §  Successful treasure hunters will get to play the Tikam Tikam game and stand to win more “treasures”

Trishaw Treasure Hunt

  • §  In collaboration with Trishaw Uncle, a new trishaw and treasure hunt experience inspired by “Go Trishaw Go” picture book has been created.
  • §  With the purchase of the “Chinatown Trishaw Trail”, a complimentary treasure hunt map will given
  • §  Participants are to complete the treasure hunt trail and return to Chinatown Heritage Centre with all the snapshots of themselves together with the “treasures”
  • §  Successful treasure hunters will get to play the Tikam Tikam game and stand to win more “treasures”


“Chinatown Trishaw Trail” Special Promotion Package

Adult: $45

Child: $35

Start and end point: Chinatown Heritage Centre

4. Chinatown CNY Family Trail 走读牛车水 – 3 Feb 2018 (Sat)


Join us on a family festive trail as we prepare for Chinese New Year! A great opportunity for your child to learn more about the traditional festival, as well as to soak in the festive atmosphere at Chinatown, our exciting programme includes interactive storytelling, a guided walking tour at the Festive Street Bazaar, & a free-and-easy tour at the Chinatown Heritage Centre!

Suitable for family with children aged 5 and above

Date: 3 February 2018

Time: 3pm-5pm

Price: $20 per parent-child pair (inclusive of 1 storybook & 1 pair of CHC admission tickets)

Start and end point: Chinatown Heritage Centre


5.Chinese New Year Miniature Workshop with Picoworm – 10 & 11 Feb 2018 (Sat & Sun)

Learn the art of making miniature mandarin oranges, peeled mandarin orange, bak kwa and ang pao to usher in the Lunar New Year!

Showcase your handcrafted exquisite miniature artworks as part of your festive décor or surprise your loved ones with these unique precious festive gifts made from the heart!

Date: 10 Feb 2018 (Sat) & 11 Feb 2018 (Sun)

Time: 12pm to 5.30pm

Duration: 5.5 hours

Price: S$128 (inclusive of tea break F&B)

Venue: Chinatown Heritage Centre


6. Mini Malay for Kids! Malay Made Easy – 3 March 2018 (Sat)

Learn Malay the easy way! This is an introductory Malay conversational programme designed for children aged 6-12 years old from non-Malay speaking households. Children will learn basic words and selected phrases that will get them on the road to speaking Malay. This course imparts language learning in a Fun way through songs, drama and games.

Date: Every Saturday from 3 March 2018 till 24 Nov 2018

Time: 11am – 12.30 pm

Registration Fees: $20 (one time payment)

Material Fees: $30 (one time payment)

Course fees: $120 (per month)

CHC Membership Fees: $36 (unlimited access)

Registration: Contact Lydia at 97979258 or email her at

Grandpa’s Shop 爷爷的杂货店 – Launch on 26 Jan 2018 (Fri)


Grandpa’s Shop will be set up at the doorstep of Chinatown Heritage Centre. This is a new social enterprise for seniors in their golden years who wish to continue working, contribute to society and combat loneliness. Symbolically, a retired trishaw has been modified to become a mini provision shop on wheels. 

The Grandpas will interact with visitors and share their memories of olden day Chinatown and Singapore, including the childhood games they used to play.

To recreate signature memorable moments of their childhood memories of Chinatown in the olden days, they will be setting up the games they used to play and a mini comics library along the five foot way for the young generation of today to experience.

The Grandpas will converse in a smattering of Mandarin, Chinese dialect, Malay and Singlish phrases, just like how the Singapore’s early migrants communicated with each other, before English became Singapore’s first language. In turn, visitors are encouraged to participate in this fun dynamic cultural exchange by teaching the Grandpas English and their own foreign language.

Retro Provision Shop       

  • §  Retro snacks and toys

Retro Games

  • §  Chopstick challenge, ring toss and Tikam Tikam

Retro Comics Five Foot Way Library

  • §  Chinese classic comics for rent

Voucher: $5 vouchers available for purchase at museum ticketing counter


1950s Chinatown Time Travel Adventure 时空穿越 1950牛车水– Launch on 28 Jan 2018 (Sun)


As part of Chinatown Heritage Centre’s 2nd anniversary celebrations, visitors will be invited to embark on a time travel adventure back to 1950s Chinatown. They will get the opportunity to play the role of their favourite iconic Chinatown character and trace the footsteps of Singapore’s early pioneers who journeyed to Nanyang to pursue their dreams of a better life.

Historic scenes of Chinatown depicted at the museum will be enhanced with larger-than-life realistic photography props to provide a vibrant, engaging environment for creative interactive play and Instagram-worthy moments.

1950s Chinatown themed costumes of the Samsui Woman, Majie, Coolie and Mata Mata (policemen in shorts) will be available for visitors who are game to dress the part to fully immerse in the heritage experience

1950s Chinatown Creative Play & Photo Props:

  • *  Enhanced museum experience to create engaging interactive environment
  • *  Encourages creative learning through role-play
  • *  More instagram worthy photo opportunities
  • *  Admission Ticket (No additional charge)

1950s Themed Costumes:

  • *  Character costumes include Samsui Woman, Majie, Coolie, Mata Mata (Policeman in shorts)
  • *  For children and adults
  • *  For use inside the museum only
  • *  Pre-booking encouraged to avoid disappointment
  • *  Email:
  • *  Additional Charge: Rental fee of $15 per outfit

Time Travel Adventure Passport: Coming Soon

  • *  Discovery souvenir guide with suggested activities
  • *  Features illustrations by Singapore artist Patrick Yee
  • *  Collect inked stamp chops for completed activities

Additional Charge: TBC

New Multimedia Guide (MMG) 多媒体导览设备– Available Now


To share the real life stories of the people of Chinatown who once lived in the shophouse cubicles, multimedia guides with audiovisual commentaries in various languages have been produced to cater to local and overseas visitors. The new multimedia guide experience has been enhanced and extended to cover all galleries of the shophouse museum. The previous version only featured the Tailor Shop & The Living Cubicles.

Through the multimedia guide, visitors will also get to meet a real Chinatown character Sijing and hear her personal account of living in the Physician’s cubicle recreated on the museum’s 2nd floor and memories of growing up in Chinatown. Born the daughter of a Physician, Sijing had to be fostered out to a Majie of a pleasure house when her family fell on hard times. In the multimedia guide, Sijing’s heartwarming anecdotes are accompanied by illustrations by her son Francis Wong Hooe Wai.

4 Languages:

  • English
  • Mandarin
  • Japanese
  • French

Price: Admission Ticket includes MMG (Walk-Ins)

Chinese Legends Storytelling Series

In 2018, Sprout will be collaborating with the Chinatown Heritage Centre to bring to you an exciting series on Chinese Legends! Join us on our first session on 21 Jan 2018 to learn about the legend of Pan Gu! There’ll be an interactive storytelling session with accompanying role-play and craft work! You will also receive a storybook as well as a pair of Chinatown Heritage Centre tickets! Suitable for families with children aged 5 and above.

Date: 21 January 2018
Time: 4pm – 5.30pm
Price: $20 per parent-child pair
Venue: Chinatown Heritage Centre
Enquiries: 64511511 /

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48 Pagoda Street
Singapore 059207

Contact No. : 6224 3928

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am - 8pm

Located near Chinatown MRT Station NE4 / DT19 (Exit A to Pagoda Street)
Closed every 1st Monday of the month