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Get to know more about the Peranakan Culture

Civic & Cultural District

39 Armenian St
**Museum is currently closed for revamp. It is slated to be open again in mid-2021

The Peranakans are a sub-ethnic group in Singapore. They are defined by their genealogical descent from Chinese immigrants who settled in the Nusantara (maritime Southeast Asia) region. The Peranakan culture is an interesting hybrid of ancient Chinese culture and the local Nusantara cultures. This ethnic group is predominantly found in Malacca, Penang, and Singapore. 

If you would like to find out more about the unique Peranakan community – amalgamation of distinct cultures in the region – head on down to the Peranakan museum. Immerse yourself in the world’s finest and most comprehensive collection of Peranakan objects.

This historic building that houses the Peranakan Museum was previously home to the Asian Civilisations Museum. The building was constructed in 1912, and it was the site for Tao Nan School – Singapore’s first modern Chinese school.

While the museum is currently closed for major redevelopment works, it still makes for a great stop for your Instagram #ootds – be sure to tag us in your post!

After a trip to the museum, hang around the newly revamped Armenian street, and indulge in some Peranakan kueh (desserts) before making your way to the next To Do on your itinerary.

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