For gifts for family and friends, I usually buy key chains, t-shirts, refrigerator decorations, wall hangings and ornaments typical Singapore cupboard. One of my favorite places to buy in Singapore is in Chinatown.
The price was relatively cheap, when compared to elsewhere. And the location is also quite easy to reach by MRT ride. A little walk from Outram Park MRT Station (EW16) or Chinatown (Ne4).
According to the Singapore Tourism Board (STB). History of Chinatown in Singapore starts from about the year 1821, when China's first ship junk arrived from Xiamen, Fujian province in China. The passengers all men, and then build a house in the south of Singapore River, which is now known as Telok Ayer.
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Chinatown's name in the local tongue - Niu Che Shui (Water Buffalo Railway) came from the situation at that time, which should take fresh water from wells in the Ann Siang Hill and Spring Street, using oxen-drawn carriage.
However, not all parts of Chinatown inhabited by people of China. Al Abrar Mosque at Telok Ayer Street, and Jamae Mosque and Sri Mariamman Temple on South Bridge Road becomes a real witness to an atmosphere of racial and religious harmony in Singapore.
Chinatown can be divided into four main districts - Kreta Ayer, Telok Ayer, Tanjong Pagar and Bukit Pasoh - each with its own uniqueness. Activity center is located in the region Trengganu / Smith Streets.