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Busy, noisy, filled with people, that’s the general consensus of the Chinatowns of the world. Singapore’s is no different, but ours (perhaps we’re biased) has a charming air about it that appeals to both tourists and locals.
Its origins can be traced back to 1822, when the area from the "Boat Quay southwest bank of the Singapore River" was designated by Raffles as a Chinese Campong (or kampong). The self-contained community settlement became home to many Chinese immigrants, and later a transit point for coolies going to Malaya. It thrived over the years, eventually becoming Chinatown.
Now, the bustling neighbourhood is home to a good mix of hawker fare and swish eateries, history and architecture. Chinatown is a riot of colour and things to see and do.
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