SINGAPORE: Chinatown refreshes story


SINGAPORE, 29 January 2016: The rejuvenated Chinatown Heritage Centre officially opened Thursday, promising to tell a richer story of Chinatown’s evolution.

The story opens with its early days as a migrant settlement and closes with vibrant heritage precinct that it is today.

Visitors to the centre can expect a more comprehensive Chinatown story narrative that goes beyond the 1960s, and more in-depth collection of personal stories from the Chinatown community.

inside no 8It unravels the story of clan associations, nightlife and heritage businesses, in the form of soundscapes, multimedia content and interactive story panels.

Following a comprehensive remake that started in October 2014, the centre officially reopened by the Minister for Trade and Industry.

It will be operated by Chinatown Heritage Centre Pte Ltd, a consortium between Singapore River Cruise, Journeys, and Splash Entertainment.

Singapore Tourism Board director of cultural precincts development, Kenneth Lim said: “As Chinatown evolves and discerning visitors seek more authentic and in-depth experiences, we saw the need to rejuvenate the Chinatown Heritage Centre to reflect the dynamic nature of the precinct.”

The centre will also host a regular line-up of temporary exhibitions and community events in a new exhibition gallery and event space.

The first exhibition, by a group of final-year students from Nanyang Technological University’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information, features the Chinese New Year customs and traditions of the various dialect groups.

The exhibition runs until 8 March and is part of “My Father Tongue, a social campaign that aims to revitalise the use of dialects among young people.

The centre is described as the first step for visitors to discover Chinatown, and the collective expertise between Singapore River Cruise, Journeys and Splash Entertainment in heritage and tourism to deliver well-curated programmes and tours for visitors.

To mark the official reopening of Chinatown Heritage Centre and encourage locals to visit it along with their families, seniors (Singapore citizens and permanent residents age 60 and above) can enjoy free admission for the first six months until 31 July.

After that seniors will be eligible for discounts on the entrance fee.