Singapore’s Chinatown is located within Outam. The Chinatown of today is significantly less of a territory than it once was due to the fact that the largest ethnological group in the county is Chinese. The term Chinatown is a term given by the British as Chinatown and is usually used today by non-Chinese Singaporeans to refer to the place. Chinese Singaporeans on the other hand commonly refer to the place as Niu Che Shui because the name Chinatown commonly refers to territories of Chinese people in regions wherein Chinese individuals are the minority).
Nonetheless, the area does maintain important cultural and historical status. Large parts of the area have been declared national heritage sites that are officially indicated for preservation by the country’s Urban Redevelopment Authority. Chinatown consists of a number of precincts which are Telok Ayer, Kreta Ayer, Ann Siang Hill, Bukit Pasoh and Tanjong Pagar. Telok Ayer was the original focal point of settlement in the area. The precinct is home to many Muslim mosques as well as Chinese temples that have been present since the first days of Chinatown.
Drinking establishments and restaurants have recently begun emerging in the precinct’s streets. Kreta Ayer is deemed by a number of people to be the center of Chinatown. The precinct houses attractions such as the Kreta Ayer Wet Market, Chinatown Night Market, Chinatown Food Street and Chinatown Heritage Centre. Kreta Ayer is both a favoured place for local cuisine as well as a famous tourist attraction. Ann Siang Hill is a precinct that is named in honor of a rich Hokkien Chinese sawmiller who obtained the area to serve as his house and estate property in the 1800s.
Presently, the slopes of the Ann Siang Hill are full of cafes, drinking places and quirky shops, consequently making it a popular hangout place for the younger generations. Bukit Pasoh, commonly known as the Street of Clans is a historic and current home of a number of Chinese clan and cultural associations. Tanjong Pagar was once the center of operations for rickshaw pullers. Today, the precinct is popular for its large number bridal saloons. The area also houses the country’s tallest flat which is the Pinnacle at Duxton.