Chinese culture in Singapore has evolved in a way unlike other communities around the world. Singapore is a tiny Southeast Asian nation-state located in a region with many ethnic groups, of which the Chinese comprise only a small percentage of the overall population. However, the Chinese form the majority in Singapore, living alongside a significant proportion of non-Chinese residents. Over many years, interaction with other cultures, encouraged by geographical proximity and social diversity, has birthed a Chinese Singaporean identity that is complex and ever-changing. At the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, join in the conversation and discover (or rediscover) what it means to be a Chinese Singapo人.
What shaped Chinese Singaporean culture? Was it influenced by our strategic location as a prominent Southeast Asian port? Determined by our past as a British Colony? Or steered by the policies of independent Singapore? Take a trip to find out how geography, economics and politics had a hand in crafting our present-day Chinese Singaporean identity.
Seemingly ordinary habits form the “Chinese culture”, a way of life that is passed down through the centuries. That’s how inventions such as the compass and paper, wisdom from thinkers of the old like Confucius, commonly shared values of Chinese culture and tradition have been passed on through the centuries. Peep through windows and open doors for a surprise!
2 pm – 8 pm (Monday)
10 am – 8 pm (Tuesday to Sunday)
Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, Level 2
Walk-in. No registration required.
The tours are offered on a first-come-first-serve basis. Visitors can walk-in and register at the registration desk on Level 2.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the following safe management measures are in place:
To avoid waiting, please visit outside the peak period between 2pm and 5pm on weekends.
If you would like to arrange for a group visit or guided tour, find out more here.
The SINGAPO人: Discovering Chinese Singaporean Culture SINGAPO人 was awarded the Singapore Good Design Awards under the “Experience Design” category in 2021.
Reflect upon the 10 values cherished by many Chinese Singaporeans.
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A fresh new look on Singapore’s five main dialect groups.
— 10 Videos —
Be educated about Chinese Singapore culture.
— 17 Videos —
Dig into the evolution of our local cuisine!
— 7 Videos —
Immerse yourself in our arts and culture scene.
— 23 Videos —
Find out what makes us uniquely Chinese Singaporean!
— 28 Videos —
Meet the people keeping our culture alive.
— 12 Videos —
Explore our exhibition about the Chinese Singaporean culture.
— 9 Videos —
Discover Chinese Singaporean culture through us.
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