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Katong Antique House

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Address: 208 E. Coast Rd., Singapore, Singapore
Phone Number: 011-65-6345-8544

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Old Peranakan House along East Coast Road

This is a traditional Peranakan house with a fairly cluttered collection of miscellaneous antiques inside. The building itself is fairly typical of the district and it is more... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 27, 2015
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Singapore, Singapore
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2016

I made a point of visiting this place, because I am interested in the Peranakan culture, and had read other reviews, and partly because I was staying in the area. I was really keen to see an old fashioned shohouse. I was very disappointed. I entered the building only to find two women sitting at a table with an assortment... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2016

Baba Peter Wee, the owner of Katong Antique House is the President of the Peranakan Federation, and is one of Singapore's leading authority in the Peranakan Culture. Katong Antique House existed long before "Peranakan" became a cool term in Singapore, and is a wonderful destination for an authentic Peranakan experience. Apart from the tasty and wonderful collection of Peranakan food... More 

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Perth, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

We headed out Karong to look for the shops that sold Nonya ceramic ware and visit the Antique House but we're very disappointed. There is only one small room open to the public crammed with stuff with an old lady sitting on a chair who didn't appear to speak English. Although I appreciate this is also a private residence I... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

This is a traditional Peranakan house with a fairly cluttered collection of miscellaneous antiques inside. The building itself is fairly typical of the district and it is more likely an interest in antiques which might motivate you to visit here. That said, it is easily combined with a visit to the Katong / Joo Chiat district so there's no harm... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

The small details inside this house are bewitching, from the tin carriers to the kebayas, to the dresses and black and white photos depicting Peter Wee's family and history. This is the place to go to if you want to learn more about the Peranakan Culture in Singapore. Learnings and stories from the owner Peter Wee are delightful. Read more... More 

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Larkspur, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Nice neighborhood and architecture. The colors made my day in the sweltering heat. I went here because I could walk to it from my hotel in Katong. This place was closed when I went here but just took in the sites on the outside and got and nice feeling for this part of Old Singapore.

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Singapore, Singapore
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I came with a group of ten people to Peter Wee's house and briefed him before that it is a bachelorette party, so we are particularly interested in Peranakan wedding customs. Peter was very nice over the phone, assured me that he has "40 years of colorful stories" and he can talk about whatever we wish. During the visit however,... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I visited the Katong Antique House today for the first time. It was closed but you can just ring the bell for assistance. The owner Peter Wee and his assistant showed us around. The Katong Antique House is a house museum (the second level is his home and is not open to the public anymore) and many of the items... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

Our hotel recommended we visit this antique shop, it definitely was a welcome contrast to new Singapore. If you like history and antiques then it is a great experience. We enjoyed the graciousness of the shop , its owner and the past it represents.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2010

I visited Katong Antique House Singapore on the 3rd February 2010. The location is easy to find. It is along the main road of East Coast Road, not far away from the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church and Charlie Peranakan Baba Nyonya Restaurant. I stopped in Paya Lebar MRT Station and took a bus to Katong Village and from there... More 

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Joo Chiat
The Joo Chiat area is the traditional home of Peranakan culture in Singapore, an ethnic group descending from the blending of Chinese and Malay families in the 15th century. The neighborhood is packed with colorful shops, local characters, and quiet charm. The main streets overflow with diners enjoying katong laksa, the signature Peranakan spicy noodle soup. Signs of youthful entrepreneurship are visible as well, with modern cafes, bars, and shops abounding. Visit Joo Chiat to take a break from the big city sights and enjoy a relaxing afternoon with a laid-back and local vibe.
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