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CHINATOWN > EU TONG SEN - NEW BRIDGE RD
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GETTING HERE:
Accessible from either NE3/EW16 Outram Park or NE4 Chinatown MRT stations. The latter station is on the Eu Tong Sen - New Bridge Road itself, while Outram Park Station is on Cantonment Road which is a short distance away. Alternatively, disembark at CityBuzz stops C2-#7 (Chinatown) or C2-#8 (Speaker's Corner) which are located on the street itself.

DESCRIPTION:
Actually, there are two different roads that run parallel next to each other, namely Eu Tong Sen Road and New Bridge Road. These two roads constitute the central point of Singapore's Chinatown.

During my visit, the street was set alight with Chinese New Year decorations, ranging from bright-red archways to glittering Chinese lanterns and inflated balloons of canine-shaped to signify the Year of the Dog in Chinese calendar.

There are some decent exquisitely-painted pre-war shop houses here, although one could be better off embarking on a leisure stroll along Kreta Ayer or Keong Saik Street.

Eu Tong Sen - New Bridge Road branches into smaller streets with various attractions. Across the NE4 Chinatown MRT station is Pagoda Street where the Chinatown Heritage Centre is located. Smith Street, Temple Street, Mosque Street and Upper Cross Street offer almost similar Chinatown experience such as night bazaars, performance venues and shopping.

In the heart of Chinatown lies the Duxton Plain Park (part of Singapore's unique national park clusters) which I found to be a great place to sit down and watch the passing crowds.

MY VERDICT:
Quite an OK place for walking and window shopping although can be crowded. But certainly a great Chinatown experience for foreign visitors.

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