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Malay Heritage Centre

Kampong Glam
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Address: 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501, Singapore
Phone Number:
+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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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 29 September 2016
Rozana F
Spalding, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Malay Cultural Centre is located near Beach Road / Arab Street, which is near to the hotel I stay (ParkRoyal on Beach Road). Interesting place to visit. Learning briefing the Malay history and culture in Singapore.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There was a Special Exhibition On ,, at the time I visited detailing the impact the Malay community had on the printed word in Singapore past ,, the silicone valley of its day ,, drawing people from other countries, to work and settle in Singapore,,, very informative. Airy , Well laid Out Museum Space ,, Room Settings, Engaging Informative Exhibits.... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

Not a good heritage centre. Nothing much to see or learn inside. A very simple heritage centre with 2 levels of exhibits.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

This place is quite same to any museum. The unique thing inside is about how Malay People in Singapore live traditional in their Era and now Singapore becoming a City State, this Sultan Palace told us that before a Malay Regime still take control of Spore. Many kind of revolutions happened and we learn something new here. Recommended one.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

By day explore the spice garden with spices found in the region. Each spice has a living example, a written description plaque and pictures. After dark there was a performance on the grounds with music. The musicians were playing local instruments and dressed in the ceremonial dress of their area. There was also a singer with the musical group. Chairs... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 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 10 September 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 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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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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