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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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  • It was Istana Kampong Glam, now it opens as Malay Cultural Museum. We can learn about Malay culture here.  more »
  • It's a part of the Kampong glam heritage trail and it houses a museum giving an insight into the history of Malaya region. This building was used as one of the palaces of the Sultan. There are many ex...  more »
  • This repurposed palace has excellent displays and presents a thorough history of not only Singapore but the entire region. Very affordable to visit and immaculately clean. A must stop while visiting A...  more »
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  • Enjoyed myself thoroughly here. The royal exhibits are especially beautiful, located on the upper level. It also tells of the olden days ethnic Malays who were here first way before Raffles came. But when going to the first level you feel that too much was focused on the entertainment industry. Lacking in contribution to successful Malays especially on academics, science and such.
  • Loved it. Great service. Nice exhibits. I was wondering though about so much focus on entertainment contributions. What about in other fields? Academia, science, tech, medicine. I might be wrong but I thought this was a bit better covered in the other heritage centres.
  • A great place to learn about the malay culture in Singapore. Fully air-conditioned. However, not all buildings are connected by shelters. Please bring along an umbrella in case of rain or for the hot sun.
  • Occasionally related events are holding here on weekend, very fun and great place to visit. Surrounding by cafes,mamak residents and antiques shops. No regrets
  • A good selection of Malay cultural items, plus they have a rotating display of sometimes modern or postmodern art. They also host Hatch Theatrics, a new, Malay-focused incubation programme for stage plays.