Ruby Dot Trails


Ruby Dot Trails


Ruby Dot Trails


Ruby Dot Trails


Ruby Dot Trails




The Chinatown heritage area is a visitor favourite!

This is where the early Chinese immigrants of the 19th century set up their businesses, homes, places of worship and clan associations. The Chinatown of today is a lively mix of the old and new - traditional businesses and markets sit side-by-side with modern cafes and shops.

While Chinatown remains a vibrant showcase of Singapore Chinese culture, one of its most unique features is its multiculturalism – it is here that you will find a Taoist temple, a Hindu temple, 2 mosques, a Buddhist temple and a Methodist church all within walking distance of each other.


About The Gems Of Chinatown Tour
There's so much to see and do in Chinatown Singapore. To ensure you see all the best highlights, join our walking tour and sightsee with us!

Thian Hock Keng

The oldest Chinese Taoist temple in Singapore is an architectural masterpiece that won the prestigious UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award for its restoration in 2001.

Sri Mariamman

The oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, along with its colourful 6-tier entrance tower, is such a significant landmark in Chinatown that 2 streets are named after it. Find out why this Hindu temple is located in Chinatown.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum

This Tang dynasty style Buddhist temple houses a Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic in a giant stupa made from 320kg of gold. The temple's ornate interiors are stunning and should not be missed.

Along the way, we’ll explore some of the historic streets of Chinatown to admire the conserved shophouses, enjoy the lively atmosphere, and understand more about the lifestyles of the early immigrants. Listen to stories about the Opium Dens, Coolie Houses, Brothels and Death Houses that peppered the streets of Chinatown in the past.

There are 2 ‘bonus’ stops in the tour not mentioned above. We couldn't resist including these because we think you’ll enjoy seeing them. Intrigued? Join us on the tour to find out what these are!

The tour is designed to end at lunch time so it’ll be perfect timing for you to enjoy the specialities of the area – our guide will provide some suggestions.

Please note: Ruby Dot Trails may adjust the above tour itinerary, in response to site conditions or circumstances beyond our control.


"If you want a tour of Singapore, look no further. Shal is the best. She is extremely knowledgeable and accommodating. We did the Chinatown tour, and she walked us through the 3 major temples as well as a lot of other local landmarks. As she took us on our tour, we ran into several of the other tours, which were full of people and crowded to the point people were struggling to hear and move around. Shal limits the size to small groups so that the group can move fast, have all their questions answered, and get a personalized experience. WILBUR, USA

"I loved learning about the different temples and religions of Chinatown. Having lived here for 4 years, I've visited Chinatown many times, so I thought it wasn't possible to tell me something I haven't already heard about... this tour proved me wrong! As an American it's amazing to learn new things about the culture of Chinatown, and she explained it in a unique and entertaining way. Highly recommend this tour, whether your a tourist or have been living here for awhile!" SOPHIE, USA/SINGAPORE

"The small groups are a selling point - Shal could be easily heard and our questions were answered immediately. The small groups are less intrusive and are easily manoeuvred around the bustling streets of Chinatown...I was impressed by her willingness to learn and ability to adapt to the environment around us. Shal demonstrated excellent communication skills and was capable of interacting on our behalf. She as equally as knowledgeable as she was engaging - the tour flew by within a blink of an eye. The tour itself was well planned out. Rarely did we cross the same route twice....Ruby Dot Trails provided a concise yet detailed walking tour of Chinatown. Our tour guide was competent, captivating and charming. I have every reason to believe that the other tours offered by Ruby Dot Trails are just as fantastic." EUGENE, AUSTRALIA


9.30am on Wednesdays

3 hours

How much?
S$49 per person
We need a minimum of 2 people for the tour to go ahead
If you're travelling solo, please email us to find out if the tour is going ahead on the date you're interested in and if so, you'll be able to book a place for one

What's included?
Small group walking tour for a more personal experience
A great guide (fluent in English, articulate and professionally licensed)
Enjoy the sights, sounds and stories of this multi-cultural heritage area!

What's not included?
Food and drinks, Gratuities (optional), Hotel transfers

Where to meet?
Telok Ayer MRT Station (DT18)

We'll send you a photo of the meeting point and directions in your Tour confirmation email

What to bring?
Wear comfortable shoes and bring an umbrella or poncho, a bottle of water and of course, your camera

Anything to take note of for the visit to the temples during the tour?
The temple advisories request visitors to observe modest dressing i.e. no shorts, mini skirts, low necklines or exposed backs. Knee-length skirts and shorts are permitted

More information?
To ensure you have the best tour experience possible, do take a look at our FAQ Page - you’ll find it helpful!

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