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Chinatown is Singapore's cultural heart and still provides glimpses of the old ways with its numerous temples, decorated terraces and its frantic conglomeration of merchants, shops and activity. Unfortunately, much of Chinatown has been torn down and redeveloped over the past 30 years. Faithful restoration by the Urban Redevelopment Authority has saved some parts but it has also posed a new threat, since the restored buildings are now desirable properties commanding high rents, and traditional businesses - such as shops selling incense to temple worshippers, letter writers and chop (stamp) makers - are moving out and a new gentrified Chinatown of fashionable restaurants and expensive shops is taking its place.

Visitors can start their trip in Chinatown from Wak Hai Cheng Bio Temple. It was built between 1852 and 1855 in order to pay homage to supernatural spirits to protect seafarers. Telok Ayer is a very important street where many Chinese temples and clan offices are located. The first settlers here Hokkiens built Thian Hock Keng Temple in dedication of queen in heaven. Another place is Chong Wen Ke, the very first Chinese school, and the Hokkien Huay Kuan Association, the first original clan house in early Singapore. As the topic refers "Chinatown Center," is the heart of old Chinatown, especially the intersection of Trengganu and Smith Streets that cover towers of Chinatown Complex and other several shopping emporiums.

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