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Top 10 Singapore by Jennifer Eveland

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Top 10Chinatown

In 1822, Sir Stamford Raffles laid out a town plan that divided Singapore into clearly defined quarters – enclaves that remain distinctive even today. At the time, the area south of the Singapore River was developing fast with godowns (warehouses) and shipping offices. Behind these, Chinese laborers lived in close quarters. Chinese temples sprang up alongside clan associations – groups of Chinese who had a common dialect, name, or similar origins, and helped newcomers find work and lodgings. As with Singapore’s other enclaves, Chinatown was not homogenous. Indian workers also lived here, especially after the opening of the ...

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