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Malay Heritage Centre

Kampong Glam
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Address: 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501, Singapore
Phone Number: 65 63910450
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Officially re-opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in September 2012,...

Officially re-opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in September 2012, the Malay Heritage Centre (MHC) showcases the history, culture and contributions of the Malay community within the context of Singapore's history and multi-cultural society. MHC's permanent galleries focus on the history of Kampong Gelam and showcase an interesting collecting of artefacts from the National Collection and the Malay community. Through its exhibitions and programmes, the centre aspires to be a vibrant destination of historical and cultural significance for both Singaporeans and international visitors. MHC is under the management of theNational Heritage Board in partnership with The Malay Heritage Foundation.

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Nice bit of history

Great to learn more of some of Singapore's history. Small palace so won't take too long to complete. Interesting

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Rozana F
Spalding, United Kingdom
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place always has something to offer! And the best part - all performances free admission. They post events on the website & facebook page. My last visit was few months ago. Ramayana ballet by Jawanese artists. Under the sky with live band, singing & dancing - breathtaking moments! Will definitely visit there again and again!

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Spalding, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great to learn more of some of Singapore's history. Small palace so won't take too long to complete. Interesting

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

A Singaporean friend of mine took me here on my recent visit. I found the whole experience informative and enlightening in regards to both the history of Singapore and the huge part the Malay community played in it. The guided tour through the museum and grounds was great, with lots of opportunities to ask questions and take photos. Our guide... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

The Malay Heritage Centre is housed in the palace of the last Sultan of Singapore. My knowledgable Singaporean host told me the story of how Sir Stanford Raffles, on arrival in Singapore, suspected the rivalries between two opposing princes, so chose one and installed him as Sultan to gain his foothold into Singapore. He told me that later the Sultan... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

I went to the Malay Heritage Centre as part of a field trip. The place was very nice! There were many information about the history of Singapore's past, like the copy of Raffles' signing with Sultan Hussein is there (handwritten). There is a room dedicated to Malay instruments and the old way of playing music. A room to old movies.... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

A small but interesting collection providing an insight into the Malay heritage in Singapore. If you are in the area I would recommend going through the Centre.

Thank Rajan65
Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016

This place is small and there's no much thing here. If u want to know more about Malay then, just go to Malaysia. . But this place is near to foods & shopping area. Strategic location.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2016

As a local Singaporean, I did not get to interact much with the Malay Community of Singapore. Thus, I highly value my visit to this location, as I got to learn a little more about them. The main permanent gallery itself is relatively small, but it contains enough information for the average tourist, and provides recommendations for visiting other locations.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

An interesting museum that provides good insight into the cross straits relationship between Indonesia and Malaysia. It has a welcoming entrance with a pleasant water fountain. We were greeed by courteous and helpful staff. The exhibits about the origin of the Malays and their histoy and culture were interesting.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2016

This is a great little museum that you can get through in under an hour. Housed in the former royal Istana Kampong Glam house, you get a good feel for the history and culture. Very inexpensive.

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Kampong Glam
This traditionally Malay enclave of Singapore offers an alluring array of shops, cafes, and bars. A walk down Haji Lane offers quirky shopping, while one block over, Arab Street is a treasure trove of brightly colored fabrics, clothing, and Turkish rugs. Stop for a leisurely coffee or cocktail and watch local kids play traditional games along the lane. Also home to the Malay Heritage Center and one of Singapore’s most prominent mosques (Sultan Mosque), Kampong Glam is a must-visit for a tantalizing taste of Malay life in this city.
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