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Malay Heritage Centre, Singapore

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The Malay Heritage Centre is a cultural centre and museum in Singapore that showcases the culture, heritage and history of Malay Singaporeans. Located at Sultan Gate in Kampong Glam, the centre was launched on 27 November 2004.The building was once the Istana Kampong Glam (or the Sultan's Palace), and was part of a larger original compound that led to the Beach Road frontage. Sultan Gate has been known as such since the 1950s. The Malay Heritage Foundation, formed on 28 July 1999, embarked on a major restoration project of the Istana Kampong Glam that year. The building reopened as the Malay Heritage Centre in 2004 after construction works were completed.On the grounds of the Malay Heritage Centre are Gelam trees, a replica of a Bugis prahu boat, the Pinisi, and information markers on the history of the Bugis people and their trade. The centre itself preserves and showcases Malay culture and heritage in Singapore through historic artefacts, multimedia and diorama displays, and exhibits.The centre also organizes Malay cultural programmes and workshops. Before 2008 these, together with other fund-raising activities, contributed two-thirds of the centre's operational costs. In 2008, the Government of Singapore announced that it would provide full funding of S$1.7 million a year to the Centre, instead of just the one-third funding provided in previous years. The funding, and additional aid from the National Heritage Board, is expected to give the centre a boost to become a museum of international standard, and create opportunities for it to work with other top regional museums in Indonesia and Malaysia.
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  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • 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 boa...  more »
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  • Former palace of the Sultan in Singapore, restored to beyond its former glory. Cultural shows are offered here from time to time, either outdoors or in the indoor theatre. A museum and other enrichment activities are also available. Be sure to check out the nearby historic restaurant (Mamanda) and the rest of Kampong Glam while you're there.
  • Very spacious & well maintained ground. Building is restored to its glory. BUT admission is not free for Singaporeans (unlike other museum)
  • Very interesting place which houses a lot of information. You need a lot of time to spend here to understand everything.
  • A best musiam in singapur
  • It is well maintained and at the time I visited it's activities had broadened to include outdoor activities and performances on the well-manicured front lawns and forecourts