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Katong Antique House

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Address: 208 E. Coast Rd., Singapore, Singapore
Phone Number: +65 6345 8544
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Museum by appointment only

The Katong Antique House can only be visited by appointment. If you go there unannounced, the owner may not be in and you will not be allowed into his house if he isn't there... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Katong Antique House can only be visited by appointment. If you go there unannounced, the owner may not be in and you will not be allowed into his house if he isn't there. There is a fee of $15 to see the place (but check the price before you go) and the tour lasts about 45 minutes. Many people... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

It was a delight talking to Peter Wee, who is the Chairman of the Peranakan Association in Singapore. He offered great insights into the beginnings of Peranakan culture and cultures that influenced him; as well as on history if you are a history buff. Katong Antique House is a museum by appointment so please make your appointment to meet with... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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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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