To Chinatown and Back

Leaving Little India behind, we headed southeast past the Raffles Hotel toward Singapore’s Chinatown. While the idea of having a place called Chinatown in a country where 76.2% of its citizens are ethnic Chinese seems incongruous, there actually is an historical rational. The area was a settlement area for ethnic Chinese from the early 1800s. Over time they began to relocate to other areas of the country. Since about the 1960s the building of high rise housing blocks and hotels have gradually replaced the slums, and the many of the classic buildings are undergoing historic preservation.

Skyscrapers dominate the sky in Singapore’s Central Core.

Tak Heng Co. Ltd., Sundry Goods Importers and Exporters, in the Fook Hai Building located at
150 South Bridge Road #05-01
Singapore 058727 .

Lanterns still hanging from the recent Lunar New Year Celebrations, South Bridge Road.

The gopuram of Sri Mariamman Temple., a monumental entrance tower, usually ornate, at the entrance of a Hindu temple, in the Dravidian architectural style of the Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, and Telangana states of Southern India.The view is crowded with New Year’s lanterns

Sri Mariamman Temple and many lanterns left over from the recent Lunar New Year Celebration.

The view down Temple Street past Sri Mariamman Temple from South Bridge Road.

The Hindu Sri Mariamman Temple on South Bridge Road in Singapore’s Chinatown is decorated with many cow statues.

The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, 288 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058840. Operating Hours are 7 am-7pm daily. Admission is free. Museum Hours are 9 am-6 pm. Appropriate dress is required. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum Website.

The Pinnacle@Duxton soars above Chinatown and is Singapore’s tallest public housing estate. It is composed of seven towers joined together with skybridges, one at the top on the 50th floor and open to a maximum of 200 people per day (for a small fee), and the other on the 26th floor. Access to it is restricted to residents.They are the two longest skyparks in the world. For a tourist perspective, Click Here

Chinatown’s Fairfield Methodist Church.

The Oasia Hotel Downtown in Singapore’s Chinatown, is gradually being covered by greenery.

Colorful buildings on South Bridge Street in Chinatown.

The huge Pinnacle@Duxton housing block overlooks Chinatown.

Colorful Chinatown buildings.

In 2019, Chinese celebrated the Lunar New Year on February 5th, welcoming the Year of the Pig. The celebration runs for a week before the New Year Day, and extends for about two weeks thereafter, for a total of about 23 days.

Giant coins hang above the street, symbolizing wishes for wealth and good fortune.

A Piggy Party in the median between the northbound lanes of New Bridge Road and the southbound lanes of Eu Tong Sen Street.

Coming up on Pig number one and pig number two in the median between Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road.

An old Southern American expression warns to never buy a pig in a poke (sack or bag), because you can’t see him and properly value him. Well this critter celebrating the Year of the Pig seems to be emerging from a poke! The pig looks quite valuable! Happy New Year!

The PARKROYAL on Pickering Hotel might be mistaken for the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, but is actually one of the excellent hotels of the Pan Pacific Group.

The shaded main entrance area of the PARKROYAL on Pickering Hotel, 3 Upper Pickering St, Singapore 058289.

“Momentum”, a sculpture by the Israeli artist, David Gerstein, is located in the Raffles Quay area at 2 Finlayson Green (the shortest road in Singapore). It is Singapore’s tallest outdoor sculpture, unveiled on New Year’s Eve, 2007. The sculpture represents the “upward cycle of progress, symbolising the energy and momentum of the district, Singapore and its people”.

The Marina Bay Sands Hotel.

The Ritz Carlton Singapore with the Millennia Tower behind.

AECOM Singapore Building (on right). 300 Beach Rd, #03-00 The Concourse, Singapore 199555. AECOM is a premier fully integrated global infrastructure firm. They have been contracted to provide complete design for Singapore stretch of the Kuala Lumpur- Singapore High Speed Rail Infrastructure.

The Fountain of Wealth at Suntec City lets us know that we have arrived at the end of our tour.

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