The Chinatown Heritage Centre in Singapore is a pathway for modern Singaporeans looking to retrace the steps of their country’s earliest pioneers, who left China in the wake of famine, floods and unrest to find a better life. Our pioneers came from various parts of China, bringing with them their own dialects and cultures and adding to the rich culture of Singapore. The Chinatown Heritage Centre is the only place in Singapore with accurate depictions of the original interiors of shop houses in the 1950s.
Decades ago, it was a norm for a family of six or more to be living in a small cubicle and for many families to share a common cooking area and shower facilities. The tiny ‘eight by eight’ living quarters contained minimal furnishings, and the surroundings illustrated the struggle and sacrifice of our early settlers.
First opened in 2002, the original Chinatown Heritage Centre underwent a renovation in October 2014. Just before it closed, Haroko Studio created a 360 degree virtual tour to document the old exhibits. The new Chinatown Heritage Centre was reopened in January 2016.
Although some of the old exhibits are now gone or rearranged, we have documented everything and preserved it digitally. The virtual tour photography was taken in high resolution that allows you to take a closer look at the details. Feel free to take a 360 degree online tour of the old Chinatown Heritage Centre.