Trip to Singapore – Part 3
Singapore’s Chinatown evolved around 1821 when the first Chinese junk arrived from Xiamen, Fujian province in China.
Chinatown is also known as "Niu Che Shui" in Chinese. The literal translation means "bullock carts’ water". This name came about in the early days of Singapore when there was no water supply in Chinatown. So the people living and working there relied on bullock carts for the transportation of water. Therefore Chinatown was dubbed "bullock carts’ water" by the locals, and the name is still being used by the Singaporeans.
Chinatown is divided into four main districts – Kreta Ayer, Telok Ayer, Tanjong Pagar and Bukit Pasoh – each with its own distinctive flavor.
The Chinatown Night Market is a popular tourist attraction, where you can shop for souvenirs, clothes and other items.
The Chinatown Heritage Center at Pagoda Street occupies three shophouses in Chinatown, restored to house memories and untold stories of Singapore’s early settlers.
Inside the Chinatown Heritage Center …
The Majestic Theatre was built in 1927 for Cantonese operas by Eu Tong Sen and was later converted into a cinema.
Built by Sultan Hussain in 1826, Masjid Sultan (Sultan Mosque) is located at Muscat Street and North Bridge Road within the Kampong Glam district of Rochor Planning Area in Singapore.
The mosque is considered one of the most important mosques in Singapore. The prayer hall and domes highlight the mosque’s features.
Orchard Road is the main shopping street of Singapore.
Orchard Road is named after the nutmeg orchards that used to line it in the 1830s, one of them belonging to a Mr. Orchard.
There are a number of hotels, restaurants, designer boutiques and shopping malls, including the new, ultra modern Ion Orchard.
National Museum of Singapore
The National Museum of Singapore is a national museum in Singapore and the oldest museum in Singapore. Its history dates back to 1849 when it was started as a section of a library at Singapore Institution. After several relocations, the Museum was relocated to its permanent site at Stamford Road at the Museum Planning Area in 1887.
The museum houses the 11 National Treasures. Its galleries adopt cutting-edge and varied ways of presenting history and culture to redefine conventional museum experience.
The museum focuses on exhibits related to the history of Singapore and uses a state of the art audio guide, complete with stories about Singapore’s history.
We were quite impressed with Singapore, living up to its reputation as a very clean and modern city – even during recessionary times, there were still quite a number of ongoing construction sites. It is a very diverse and multi-cultural environment and certainly a recommended place to visit if you have the chance.