Coming from the San Francisco Bay Area, Chinatown has always had a special place in my heart. Mostly for the the bao pork buns and other snacks! So, it came to no surprise that I easily fell in love with Singapore’s Chinatown. Me in “hog heaven” for year of the pig.
The place was decked out in decor for the Lunar New Year! Luckily being surrounded by pigs helped me not feel so bad about stuffing my face with local goodies. (I took video footage trying dishes at a Hawker Center that I’ll link here when it’s uploaded).
I kept seeing bundles of these Bing Tanghulu and immediately knew that I had to try one… due to how cute they were of course. These skewers were made of candied Hawthorne apples and they’re a symbol of happiness and family reunion in Chinese culture. You’ll see them around even more than usual for Lunar New Year festivities. We found ours in the Pagoda Street Market which was a great stop for fun, cheap souvenirs! This street was surprisingly bright and pastel-colored, so you know I had Fabian running around taking photos for me!
Nearby was another popular photo spot called People’s Park Complex. These photos were taken on the rooftop, where you’ll see signs that say “no photoshoots,” so our advice is to make it quick and low-key.
Now, let’s talk about the main attraction to this area, which is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. That’s right, baby, you read it correctly! While, of course, no photos were allowed to be taken of the tooth, I can tell you that you do get a very clear view of the tooth and it is quite an experience to lay eyes on it as incense burns and monks chant around you. This was a very special experience in Singapore and the $62 million temple was a sight in itself.
I couldn’t help but notice the large hairy mole on the man’s face to the left. This wasn’t the first very large, very hairy mole I had seen that day so, I found myself Googling the significance of hairy, moles in China during our bus ride home. Turns out, that moles (particularly hairy ones) are believed to be good luck in China! Therefore, when one pops up on your face, you let that baby grow hairs as long as possible and just wait for the cash to roll in! Must be working out for this guy!