Chinatown, Singapore

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Chinatown, Singapore
Pagoda Street, Chinatown Heritage Centre, Dec 05.JPG
The Chinatown Heritage Centre at Pagoda Street occupies three shophouses in Chinatown, newly restored to house memories and untold stories of Singapore's early forefathers.
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Literal meaning"ox-cart water"
Malay name
MalayKreta Ayer
Tamil name
Tamilசைனா டவுன்

Chinatown (Chinese: 牛车水; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Gû-chia-chúi, Malay: Kreta Ayer, Tamil: சைனா டவுன்) is a subzone and ethnic enclave located within the Outram district in the Central Area of Singapore. Featuring distinctly Chinese cultural elements, Chinatown has had a historically concentrated ethnic Chinese population.

Chinatown is considerably less of an enclave than it once was. However, the precinct does retain significant historical and cultural significance. Large sections of it have been declared national heritage sites officially designated for conservation by the Urban Redevelopment Authority.