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Malay Heritage Centre

Kampong Glam
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Address: 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501, Singapore
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+65 6391 0450
10:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00

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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Dedicated for Malay Culture

It was Istana Kampong Glam, now it opens as Malay Cultural Museum. We can learn about Malay culture here.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Surabaya, Indonesia
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Surabaya, Indonesia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was Istana Kampong Glam, now it opens as Malay Cultural Museum. We can learn about Malay culture here.

Thank L0k1m4n
Kochi (Cochin), India
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's a part of the Kampong glam heritage trail and it houses a museum giving an insight into the history of Malaya region. This building was used as one of the palaces of the Sultan. There are many exhibits and videos and is supported with a guided tour each day at 11.00. There is a visitor centre to purchase tickets... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This repurposed palace has excellent displays and presents a thorough history of not only Singapore but the entire region. Very affordable to visit and immaculately clean. A must stop while visiting Arab street or just by itself.

Thank Sajed C
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Situated on the SIA hop on bus route or MRT. Indulge in history of Malay tradition. Food and shopping to spoil oneself. Marvel at the Beautiful Sultan Masjid We enjoyed a delicious Lebanese meal at Mac Doner. Silks, jewellery, pashmina scarfs, ornaments, handbags, made to order suits and many more to cater for everyone's desires.

Thank H0lidaytrip
Singapore, null, Singapore
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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

This place showcases the Malay heritage of the Straits settlements and Singapore. You have to dress appropriately and no footwear is allowed within. But if you are new to Asia or Singapore, this is a good place for a visit.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 29 March 2017

The buses are pulling in at this fascinating building and museum from early in the day. As their leaflet relates, the Centre was formerly the residence of the Sultan of Jahore, and it is a fine 1840s building. It has been open since 2012 as the Malay Heritage Centre, and addresses many aspects of this heritage, including Malay music and... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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Reviewed 26 March 2017

I was lucky to be there when there was a live performance outside - Malays drumming, dancing and singing. It's a nice open space but the museum is small and not spectacular.

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Brisbane, Queensland
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Reviewed 24 March 2017

I expected more from the old sultan's residence. This was the least interesting of the various cultural centres in Singapore and also the smallest. On the top floor there were brief displays about boats and household items and on the ground floor, lots of magazines, books. music and movies in Malay. Nothing there really catches your eye and I left... More 

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Glasgow UK
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

We wandered into this museum on a visit to Kampong Glam, via the hop on, hop off bus tour. There was a special printing exhibition on display, featuring magazines and newspapers from the past. The main exhibit featured photographs and artefacts from the area's historical past.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Not too big. Not much to be seen too. Yet free to visit, and still in the same area to Masjid Sultan.

Thank hendar-ristyanto

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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 coloured 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 Centre 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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