Chinatown CNY 2023: 8(Huat) Things to Do


The Year of the Rabbit is coming.

Planning a trip to Chinatown to soak in the atmosphere?

Chinatown will be decked out in dazzling lights with festive markets from the countdown party. Aside from these, these are the  8 ( HUAT) things to do when you are in Chinatown for CNY 2023.

1) Check out the CNY Lightup 

Chinatown CNY 2023 Rabbit Theme

This year, Chinatown will be decked out in Rabbit-themed decor. 

Chinatown Street Light CNY 2023

Check out the street light-up and the various CNY-themed decor spots.

Chinatown Street Light CNY 2023

2) Visit Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple


The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is fully decked out this year.

Year of the Rabbit

There are rabbit mascots at different corners of the temple.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple Decor

Lines of lanterns extended from one end to the other.

Lanterns at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

The temple's side facing the Kreta Ayer Square will make a great place for photo enthusiasts.

3) Chinese New Year Decoration

CNY decor @ Chinatown

Everyone loves to deck out their houses in style during the festive season. Head to Chinatown to pick up CNY decors. 

Rabbit Mascots

Some decors here are not found in your usual Pasar Malam, so you can pick one and look unique!

Mini Lion Dance

4) Cheap CNY Goodies

CNY Goodies at $2.50?

CNY Goodies

You can get CNY Goodies from Chinatown, such as snacks and sweets.

CNY Sweets

For those preparing a CNY meal, there is dry meat for you to choose too!

Dry Meat


5) Shop For CheongSam OR TRADITIONAL CNY CLOTHES

Cheongsam Chinatown

Getting a new outfit for CNY is a given. Go traditional with cheongsam and Chinese New year traditional clothes here.

6) Get some Lucky Plants

Lucky Plants Chinatown

If you want to huat, you need a lucky plant at home.

Pussy Willow Chinatown

Get some Pussy Willows here too. There are plenty of colour options from red, pink, and yellow to even blue. Price from $12 for a 6ft stalk. Half the price from supermarkets ! 

7)  Bak Kwa

Lim Chee Guan Chinatown

Bak Kaw is a must-have for CNY.  The most popular one here is from Lee Chee Guan. Long queues are expected daily, and it does get sold out before any other bak kwa shops here.

Cheap Bak Kaw Chinatown

If you want an economical option, next-door neighbour Fragrance was selling their Bak Kwa sliced pieces for only $21 per 500g.

8) Get your personalised Ang Pow

Surname AngPow

We found these Ang Pow with surnames on them. You can personalise your AngPow this year with these unique Ang Pows. 

Do remember to pack one for us!

It can get pretty crowded, so avoid the weekends if you can!

Chinatown CNY 2023



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