Exploring the Alleyways of Singapore’s Chinatown

Postcards From Singapore

These photographs were captured on a short two day, three night visit to Singapore in February 2013. I was unable to do more than scratch the surface of this intriguing island city-state on such a brief trip, but I did manage to take a few interesting shots while I was there. Most of my time was spent in Singapore’s historic Chinatown, known in Chinese as Niúchēshuǐ 牛車水 (literally “ox-cart water”), but I also ventured into Little India and the Downtown Core.

Singapore Central Business District and Boat Quay
Singapore River, the Downtown Core, and Boat Quay.
Merlion Statue
The famous Merlion statue backed with the Marina Bay Financial Centre.
Merlion Madness
Merlion Madness: everyone wants to take a ridiculous photo with this Singaporean icon.
Beneath the Esplanade Bridge in Singapore
Beneath the Esplanade Bridge.
Contours of Singapore
Interesting contours on a building next to Speakers’ Corner on New Bridge Road.
Taking a Stroll Through Chinatown in Singapore
Wandering through the streets of Chinatown in Singapore.
Exploring the Alleyways of Singapore’s Chinatown
Exploring the alleyways of Singapore’s historic Chinatown.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple Wall
Impressive displays inside the newly-built Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum.
A Shrine in the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
An elegant shrine inside the Buddha Tooth Temple in Chinatown.
Another Shrine at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
Another gorgeous shrine in the Buddha Tooth Temple.
Retro Apartment Block in Singapore’s Chinatown
People’s Park Complex 珍珠坊, once the tallest residential tower in Singapore.
Somewhere in Central Singapore
A more modern facade on a building somewhere near the Downtown Core.
First View of Little India
A first look at Little India in Singapore.
The Streets of Little India
Classic shophouse style in Little India.
Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Singapore
Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, built in 1888.
Guanyin Shrine in Little India
A small Guanyin Shrine 觀音宮 in Little India.
Tree Shrine in Little India
Nature worship, Singaporean fusion style.
Sultan Mosque, Singapore
Masjid Sultan, or the Sultan Mosque, completed in 1932.
Singapore Street Art
Street art somewhere around the mosque.
A Construction Project Outside of Little India in Singapore
A construction site somewhere around Little India.
Lazy Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur at Singapore Zoo
A lazy Black-and-white ruffed lemur at the Singapore Zoo.