Mention 'Chinatown' and certain stereotypes come to mind. But you will be surprised to find that it is one of Singapore's most interesting neighbourhoods, with fascinating cultural juxtapositions and home to Thian Hock Keng, a temple built without the use of nails.

While traditional Chinese businesses like medicinal halls, tea merchants and vendors hawking antique wares continue to thrive, the historic district has also welcomed young startups such as boutique spas and independent local stores like egg3, which features quirky home decor and more.

Chinatown's most unique feature is that it is a beautiful testament to Singapore's multicultural make-up - where different places of worship such as a Buddhist temple, a Muslim mosque and a Hindu-Indian temple co-exist harmoniously within steps of one another.

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