Rejuvenated heritage centre ready to roll

The revamped Chinatown Heritage Centre at 48, Pagoda Street opened its doors yesterday - to five pineapples rolled in by VIP guests for luck and prosperity. Doing the honours were (from left) Chinatown Business Association chairman Bernard Leong, the
Doing the honours were (from left) Chinatown Business Association chairman Bernard Leong, the heritage centre's director Png Yiow Beng, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S. Iswaran, Singapore Tourism Board chief executive Lionel Yeo, and Chinatown Festival Committee co-chairman Peh Cheng Hoo. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

The revamped Chinatown Heritage Centre at 48, Pagoda Street opened its doors yesterday - to five pineapples rolled in by VIP guests for luck and prosperity.

Doing the honours were  Chinatown Business Association chairman Bernard Leong, the heritage centre's director Png Yiow Beng, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S. Iswaran, Singapore Tourism Board chief executive Lionel Yeo, and Chinatown Festival Committee co-chairman Peh Cheng Hoo.

 

The centre, which occupies three three-storey shophouses, has six galleries documenting the area's history. Its interactive and immersive features include ambient soundscapes and olfactory displays of opium and hand-rolled cigarettes, traditional Chinese medicine and spices.

Admission is $15 for adults and $11 for children. Character tours cost $20 for adults and $16 for children. Seniors aged 60 and above can enter free until July 31.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 29, 2016, with the headline 'Rejuvenated heritage centre ready to roll'. Print Edition | Subscribe