Discover Chinatown’s five districts: the mosques and temples of Telok Ayer; the elegant restaurants and hotels in Bukit Pasoh; the bars and bridal shops of Tanjong Pagar; the hawker food at Kreta Ayer; Ann Siang Hill’s arty cafés, bars and boutiques.
All-new National Gallery
The National Gallery Singapore – once the Old Supreme Court and City Hall – has been transformed into a brand new visual arts institution (after having had half a billion dollars lavished on it, no less). The gallery will showcase art from Southeast Asia and Singapore, alongside big-name international exhibitions. It’s not just what will be on the inside that’s exciting us: Paris-based studioMilou’s modern architecture has worked wonders with this heritage building.
Explore Peranakan culture
Embark on your own walking tour of the Joo Chiat/ Katong enclave and learn about Peranakan culture by admiring the historic shophouses and traditional restaurants. Pick up Peranakan batik fabrics, ornate jewellery and colourful artworks at Rumah Bebe; when your energy levels dip from all that shopping why not snack on rice dumplings from Kim Choo.
INSIDER TIP ‘Joo Chiat has always been known as an enclave for the Peranakans in the early 1900s. Today, many of the houses in Joo Chiat still bear the opulence and eclectic architecture that the Peranakan are well known for. Apart from the famous Koon Seng Road, which showcases two rows of Peranakan buildings facing each other, one should venture to the smaller lanes such as Joo Chiat Terrace, Joo Chiat Place and Tembeling Road,’ says Alvin Yapp, founder and owner of The Intan museum (a shrine to Peranakan culture that’s also Alvin’s home).
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