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Baba House, Singapore
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Baba House is a museum in Singapore, showcasing Peranakan history, architecture and heritage. It is a traditional Peranakan pre-war terrace-house which was formerly owned by 19th-century shipping tycoon Wee Bin who settled in Singapore, after arriving from the southern Chinese province of Fujian. The Baba House is also an outpost of the National University of Singapore Museum and co-managed by the NUS Centre for the Arts.HistoryBuilt possibly in the 1860s, 157 Neil Road is a residential terrace house located in the Residential Historic District of Blair Plain. The house and the surrounding area was gazetted for conservation by the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore, in 1991.In April 2005, a S$4 million donation was made to the National University of Singapore (NUS) by Ms Agnes Tan, the last surviving daughter of the founder of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), the late Tun Tan Cheng Lock. This donation was given to the University to acquire Wee's traditional Peranakan house along Neil Road, built circa 1860 on the land plot bought by Wee Bin in 1860. The house is currently owned and managed by Mr Wee Lin, the sixth-generation descendant of Wee Bin.Another donation of S$1.5 million was made to the University, for acquisition of two other shophouses along Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock in Malacca. These acquired houses will be restored and used for educating younger generations about Peranakan history, culture and architecture, while the two houses in Malacca to be used for study on conservation techniques of historical buildings. In gesture of appreciation for the donation, the University named the Singapore house as the Tan Cheng Lock Baba House.
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TripAdvisor
  • This family home is a blend of ethnic Chinese and Malay architecture. It has been restored by the National University of Singapore. The front facade has vivid colours. Behind that are decorative woode...  more »
  • Very informative visit with helpful knowledgeable guides, the house gives a glimpse in to the past lives of a unique heritage not found anywhere else but South East Asia, it's great to see the house p...  more »
  • This NUS attraction is not to be missed. Be sure to book ahead and have a second date in mind if you are not able to get your preferred day. An hour long, step back into early Singapore life with the ...  more »
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  • Interesting guided tour that might not offer anything new for the someone who's already acquainted with peranakan culture, but is probably the best introduction for those who aren't.
  • Informative hour-long (and free) tours booked through their website. Great portal into the Peranakan culture!
  • The NUS runs excellent volunteer run tours of this beautiful heritage house by advance booking. They are one hour duration and free but invaluable in the level of knowledge and depth of experience in Pranakan culture
  • Very knowledgeable tour guide. Worth the free visit (donations accepted) to get an off the beaten path look into Singapore's history. Learned quite a bit about the wealthy merchant class that occupied this house.