The goal of the centre is to showcase Malay heritage and culture in Singapore, and it does so with six permanent exhibits spread throughout the palace’s numerous rooms. The first exhibits you see upon entering the centre are the most museum-like with maps showing historic migration patterns, black and white photographs, antique keris (ornate swords) in glass cases and mannequins dressed in traditional Malay costumes like the baju melayu for men and kebaya for women (which inspired the uniforms worn by Singapore Airlines’ flight attendants).
Stick around to watch the restored videos of the Kampong Glam area of the past – the transformation is astounding.
Grounds fit for a Sultan
Traditional costumes on display at the Malay Heritage Centre
Movie time at the Malay Heritage Centre
Singapore hasn't always been so orderly!
Pre-Twitter age implements