Friday, 18 July 2014

Singapore Malay Heritage Centre

The centre is also known as the Istana Kampong Glam as it served as the Sultan’s palace back in the days when Singapore was one with Malaysia and ruled by the Sultan of Johor. Some of the Sultan’s descendents continued to live on the sprawling property until recent years, but were evicted in 1999 to make way for the Malay Heritage Centre.

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