Exploring Singapore’s Chinatown, April 2019


Last week we celebrated our first anniversary as a married couple! We kicked it off by watching Ed Sheeran command an entire stadium with just his guitar, mic, and looper (it was pretty awesome). Then we were back to our usual explore-as-many-as-we-can selves.

We’ve both been to Singapore and Malaysia several times before (Ranie actually worked in KL for 10 months from 2011-2012!). So our itinerary was a mix of both new and familiar items.


Our Zen Rooms hostel (booked through Agoda – #notsponsored but I really love Agoda’s book now, pay later feature as it allows me to choose the best hotel w/o worrying that my options will be fully booked) was only 3 minutes away from National Stadium. The day after the concert, we decided to explore SG’s Chinatown because we’ve never been there!

First stop was the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.


There was an ongoing service when we went, and tourists were allowed to watch and even take pictures. I loved the hundred-buddhas lining an entire side of the temple. We also “found” our guiding Buddha, the Samantabhadra Bodhisattva, governing those born in the years of the Snake (Ranie) and Dragon (me).


Afterwards, we ate lunch al fresco at Smith Street! I love how Singapore’s Chinatown is so neat. There were also street stalls selling other things like kimonos, toys, homewares. We had mee, duck, and durian ice cream (we had so much durian on this trip and I am so happy).


Some of the street art around Chinatown.


We also visited the Sri Mariamman temple, the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore.

All in all, I loved finally seeing this city-state’s version of Chinatown! Do go early to avoid the horde of tourists and to maximize photographing every colorful corner. The food stops do not open until around 10 am, though, so make sure you’re fed to last till lunch.

How to get to Singapore’s Chinatown:

  • Take the North-East MRT Line to Chinatown Station.

What to do:

  • Visit the Sri Mariamman Temple
  • Visit the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
  • Visit the Thian Hock Keng Temple
  • Have lunch at Smith Street
  • Eat at Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice Noodle — the cheapest Michelin-starred place in the world

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