One effect of the rapidly developing world is the increase in connectivity across the globe whereby a person on one end of the world can contact another on a different continent with ease. These benefits are not restricted to communication alone but effects can be seen across a number of social and political aspects such as increase in migratory trends. Commencing with the great period of exploration in the 17th century, colonialism sped up exploratory efforts of the world while also re-situating many. Even today effects of colonisers taking up residence in new colonial territories can be vividly observed. In the 21st century, migratory trends have resulted in a new phenomenon whereby similar communities come together in other states giving rise to Little India or Chinatown phenomenon. For those staying at Sheraton Towers Singapore, both Little India and Chinatown in Singapore are a convenient cab or metro ride away.
Whether you are staying in a luxury hotel in Singapore or a hostel, a visit to Chinatown is an interesting cultural experience. While the demographic origins of Chinatown can be traced back to the 14th century, it was so named by the British given its large Chinese occupancy. Kreta Ayer, Telok Ayer, Bukit Pasoh, Tanjong Pagar and Ann Siang Hill are the five precincts that make up Chinatown while Kreta Ayer is considered to be the heart of the area.
When in Chinatown, some of the noteworthy places to visit include Sri Mariamman Temple on Pagoda Street and the Duxton Plain Park. For those who are unafraid to experience the local cuisine, Chinatown is perfect. While Smith Street is a food street and is perfect for travellers who are intent on exploration, Chinatown Complex on the same street also houses a food centre which makes dining a lot easier. Given the population, food culture and architecture, it is no surprise that sections of Chinatown have been declared national heritage sights and marked for conservation.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.