Singapore City Gallery

Chinatown & the CBD

See into Singapore's future at this interactive city-planning exhibition, which provides compelling insight into the government's resolute policies of land reclamation, high-rise housing and meticulous urban planning. At the time of research the gallery was closed for a revamp; however, a number of temporary exhibits and the island-wide model will remain available for viewing. At the time of research, the main gallery was set to reopen in early 2019.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Chinatown & the CBD attractions

1. Siang Cho Keong Temple


Small, Taoist Siang Cho Keong Temple was built by the Hokkien community in 1867–69. Left of the temple entrance you’ll see a small ‘dragon well’: drop a…

2. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

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Consecrated in 2008, this hulking, five-storey Buddhist temple is home to what is reputedly a tooth of the Buddha, discovered in a collapsed stupa …

3. Al-Abrar Mosque

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Incorporated in a row of shophouses, Al-Abrar Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Singapore. At prayer times worshippers often spill out onto the…

4. Thian Hock Keng Mural

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Spanning 44m, this mural, painted by Singaporean artist Yip Yew Chong (accountant by weekday, artist by weekend), tells the story of Singapore's early…

5. Singapore Musical Box Museum

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Walk through music history and be captivated by the exquisite melodies of these antique music boxes, some more than 200 years old. Peer into the inner…

6. Thian Hock Keng Temple

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Surprisingly, Chinatown’s oldest and most important Hokkien temple is often a haven of tranquillity. Built between 1839 and 1842, it’s a beautiful place,…

7. Sri Mariamman Temple


Paradoxically in the middle of Chinatown, this is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, originally built in 1823, then rebuilt in 1843. You can't miss the…

8. Jamae Mosque

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The mint-green Jamae Mosque welcomes hundreds of worshippers each day. The current building was completed between 1830 and 1835, and is considered one of…