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Malay Heritage Centre

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Attractions Details

📌 Address

85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Free

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"Want to beat the crowds and have a more intimate experience at the Malay Heritage Centre? Visit on a weekday morning when it's quieter, and don't miss the stunning architecture and serene gardens in the back that offer a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city."

What is Malay Heritage Centre?

The Malay Heritage Centre is a cultural institution located in the Kampong Glam neighborhood of Singapore. It is housed in a beautifully restored palace known as Istana Kampong Gelam, which was once the residence of Malay Sultans in Singapore. The centre offers visitors a unique opportunity to learn about the rich heritage and traditions of the Malay community in Singapore.

History of Malay Heritage Centre

The history of Malay Heritage Centre dates back to the early 1800s when it was built as a royal residence for the Malay Sultans of Singapore. The palace served as a symbol of Malay authority and a center for cultural, religious, and political activities. However, with the decline of the Malay royal institution, the palace fell into disrepair over the years. In 2003, the Singapore government embarked on a restoration project to transform the palace into a heritage centre, preserving its historical significance and promoting cultural understanding.

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Why is Malay Heritage Centre Important?

Malay Heritage Centre holds great importance as it showcases the unique cultural heritage of the Malay community in Singapore. It serves as a platform to educate visitors about the traditions, customs, and contributions of the Malay people to Singapore's multicultural society. The centre also plays a vital role in preserving and promoting the Malay language, arts, and crafts, ensuring they are passed on to future generations.

Things to do & see at Malay Heritage Centre

  • Exhibitions: Explore the various exhibitions that showcase the Malay community's history, culture, and traditions. From traditional clothing and jewelry to musical instruments and artwork, there is much to discover.

  • Guided Tours: Take a guided tour of the palace and learn about its architecture, historical significance, and the lives of Malay Sultans who once resided there.

  • Performances and Workshops: Experience live performances of traditional Malay music, dance, and theatre. You can also participate in workshops to learn traditional Malay crafts like batik painting and wood carving.

  • Gardens: Take a leisurely stroll through the scenic gardens surrounding the palace. Enjoy the serene atmosphere and take in the beauty of the flora and fauna.

  • Café and Gift Shop: Visit the café for a taste of Malay cuisine and stop by the gift shop to purchase unique souvenirs and handicrafts.

Malay Heritage Centre provides a captivating journey into the heart of Malay culture and history. Whether you are a history enthusiast, a culture lover, or simply seeking a deeper understanding of Singapore's diverse heritage, a visit to the Malay Heritage Centre is a must. 

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Immerse yourself in the vibrant traditions and stories of the Malay community and gain a newfound appreciation for their contributions to Singapore's multicultural tapestry.

Frequently asked questions

What is the Malay Heritage Centre?

The Malay Heritage Centre is a cultural institution in Singapore that showcases the rich history, heritage, and culture of the Malay community.

Where is the Malay Heritage Centre located?

The Malay Heritage Centre is located at 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501.

What are the operating hours of the Malay Heritage Centre?

The Malay Heritage Centre is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm. It is closed on Mondays.

What are the admission fees for the Malay Heritage Centre?

The admission fees for adults is $6, while senior citizens (60 years old and above) and students (with valid student pass) can enter for $4. Children below 6 years old can enter for free.

What are some of the attractions and exhibitions at the Malay Heritage Centre?

The Malay Heritage Centre features various exhibitions, including the permanent galleries that explore the history, culture, and traditions of the Malay community. It also hosts temporary exhibitions, workshops, and cultural performances.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Free

Find it on google maps