This charming and bustling lifestyle enclave is located deep in Chinatown — which is no surprise given that Chinatown is Singapore’s top cultural precinct and its second most-visited attraction. Once predominantly a Chinese migrant settlement, the neighbourhood is now a vibrant district that’s home to an array of traditional and contemporary experiences.
For a taste of the district’s heritage, take a stroll down the pioneer’s trail in Ann Siang Hill and Telok Ayer Green. Meander through the colourful shophouses of the enclave, past iconic landmarks such as the old well on Ann Siang Hill and historical places of worship such as Al-Abrar Mosque, which has been standing since the mid-1850s.
Visitors can also head to the Musical Box Museum tucked away on Telok Ayer Street. The museum’s home to over 40 antique musical boxes, and is housed in the Chong Wen Ge building, the first educational institution set up by the Chinese community in Singapore in 1849. Be sure to also keep an eye out for the house clan associations in the area, such as the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan on Telok Ayer Street, which were first set up by migrants as cultural collectives, and are rich in ethnic history.