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Malay Heritage Centre

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Address: 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501, Singapore
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+65 6391 0450
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
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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
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Spalding, United Kingdom
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Brisbane, Queensland
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Thank hendar-ristyanto
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

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 21 January 2017 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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Singapore, Singapore
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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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Jakarta, Indonesia
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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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Singapore, Singapore
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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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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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