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Pretty in pink, deep in history and rich in culture

Chinatown

140 Telok Ayer St

Amidst the urban sprawl, Telok Ayer is one street that remains home to several earliest religious and communitarian institutions, and the Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre is one of them.

The Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre was fully completed in 1830 and was originally constructed as a shrine for Shahul Hamid Durgha from Nagore, India. Shahul Hamid was a saint from India who propagated Islam through his noble work and curing the sick. The shrine is a replica of the original shrine in India and does not house any bodily relic of the saint.

The building was gazetted as a national monument on 19 November 1974. It underwent major renovations in 2007 and remained closed to the public. It later reopened in May 2011 as Nagore Dargah Heritage Centre which showcases a mix of both the emotional journeys and valuable contributions made by our early Indian-Muslim settlers.

The two-storey building’s bright peach and white colours are easy to spot. So be sure, to step into the heritage centre to discover more about the culture, diaspora and heritage of the region’s Indian Muslim community through the various exhibits and artefacts.

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