Mirwaners! Everyone knows that Singapore is a country of all races. Singapore realizes that the most dominant racial mix here is Malay, Chinese and Indians. This is what makes Singapore citizens a high tolerant and broadminded citizen because they accept and study the traditions and customs of different races. The unity of this race also makes Singapore a rich asset, and is worthy to be proud of.
From this phenomenon comes the term "Peranakan" which means "lahir disini" in Malay, and refers to the descendants of foreign traders who married local women in Southeast Asia centuries long long ago. The Singaporean Peranakan community were predominantly Peranakan Chinese, descendants of Chinese traders who lived in the port of Penang and Singapore from the 19th century.
With the uniqueness of the Peranakan that owned by this Merlion State, a museum called the Peranakan Museum of Singapore was created. Several months ago, I visited this museum with my Singaporean friend, Muhammad Iqmal. Information that I got from some sources tells that before this museum is used as a tourist spot, this building functioned as a Tao Nan School for Singapore students, then in 2008 the function switched to Museum, Peranakan Museum of Singapore which was inaugurated on April 25, 2008.
What's in the Peranakan Museum of Singapore?
This colonial building with classic eclectic powers contains all kinds of household objects, textiles, jewelry, photo galleries which used by peranakan community. Various aspects of Southeast Asian descent culture and from various elements such as Chinese, Malays, and Indians revived in this Museum through interactive and multimedia exhibitions. Here also explained how each of the various cultures adheres to important things, such as birthdays, marriages and deaths.
Trust me you will not be bored to explore this Museum, because there are not only limited to galleries and exhibitions of goods, this Museum is also equipped with supporting audio, such as the example in the gallery that describes the grief event. There is a chest and there is a photo of the deceased in this empty room with audio in the sound like a crying woman who was left forever by the deceased. It's a little scary but the creativity and totality of Singaporeans in processing and packing their tourism should be fortunately thumbs up.
You know, the Peranakan Museum also features galleries about religions and beliefs of the Singapore people. Besides there is something about culinary and cultural dining with family in Singapore, cooking utensils, well-known peranakan community, and also the current development of peranakan culture. For those of you who like to learn about the culture and customs, Peranakan Museum of Singapore is the place that you may visit.
Operational Hour and Ticket Price
For your information, Peranakan Museum of Singapore is located in 39 Armenian St, Singapore 179941. You may visit this museum on its operational hour. It opens everyday starting from 10 am to 7 pm. Specially in Friday, it opens at 10 am and close at 9 pm. Before you get in this museum, you may buy the ticket first, it only costs SG$10 for adult and kids, SG$6 for 60 year-old and above. To reach this museum, you may take taxi or uber or MRT. The nearest MRT Station is City Hall MRT or Bras Basah MRT.