Sunday, April 27, 2008

Peranakan Museum Opens with a Bang!! - Weekend Snapshot #21

I was very excited when the Peranakan Museum opens to the public. I'm thrilled to discover more of the fascinating world of Peranakans, their unique history, colourful fashion, distinctive traditions and aromatic cuisine.

On 26 April 2008, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong officially opened the Peranakan Museum, which houses some of the finest and most comprehensive Peranakan collection in displays that trace the main episodes of Peranakan life. It is the first in the world to explore Peranakan cultures in the former Straits Settlements of Singapore, Malacca and Penang and their links with other Peranakan communities in Southeast Asia.

A Peranakan wedding

First weekend (26-27 April) - Peranakan Heritage
Traditional Peranakan culture and food at the bazaar

Second weekend (3-4 May) - Family Fun Peranakan Style
Sing and dance along to Peranakan songs with your kids, pick up a new skill like speaking Baba Malay or get recipes from a Peranakan chef.

The Festival finale (10-11 May) - Peranakan Fusion, modern influences on Peranakan culture. Highlights of the festival - drama entitled “Babas and Nonyas - Live Drama in the Museum!” by Dick Lee and a fashion parade showcasing the Peranakan style of dressing.

“Junk To Jewels: The Things that Peranakans Value” - This exhibition brings together loans from more than 35 Peranakans featuring everyday objects as well as finely crafted heirlooms and works of art. There is a fascinating personal story behind each exhibit, which provides a glimpse into the world of today’s Peranakans.

The long queue to get into the museum!

Admission to the new Peranakan Museum and Opening Festival for the first weekend will be free, and at a special rate of $2 per person (adult or child) for the second and third weekends.


So make a date with the Museum and party like a Peranakan!

39 Armenian Street
Singapore 179941


PS - I got very sick while queuing to enter the museum, so I had to go home. I'll probably be down for a few days. :(


  1. Get well soon, ECL.. *too much dribbling?*

  2. OMG! I want another hug.. I was First again!

  3. Other than that, I am totally clueless..

  4. What is peranakan?

    Whatever it is, looks like real fun - the carnival.

  5. very interesting pics!
    i love attending festivals,esp those full of cultural exhibitions!and the food!!oh lalala!!hahaha!


  6. Bummer..!! speedy recovery.. and more things to see.. when i come home eh.. :) thanks for the update.. :)

  7. Interesting post and photographs. Sounds like a great museum. I'm sorry you are sick and wish you a speedy recovery.

  8. Malacca, Singapore and Penang have peranakan heritage. It's great to have such a museum in Singapore. The outfit reminds me of my grandma's clothes. My mom also wore those clothes when she attended weddings. By my generation, I don't have such clothes anymore but I'm an expert in wearing sarongs.

    I hope you get better soon.

  9. I knew I could see pics for the Peranakan Museum from here :) Thanks!

    ECL, get well soon ya...

  10. I'm half nonya and was told to head there from relatives, but I choose going over to the "cars" lol~
    Will probably go down this coming weekend.

    alamak you also down arh? I'm getting down too. With sunburns!! *wailz*

  11. Hope I could see that museum.

    Get well soon ECL, take care!

  12. I want Peranakan food! Hope you are feeling better.

  13. LB,
    First again! Twice in a row! Let's celebrate!
    *hold hands, dance in circles.... giddy.... *

    No need to be clueless. tell you more next week. :)

  14. andie summerkiss,
    Peranakan is used to refer to people of mixed ethnic origins.

    In Singapore, there are many Peranakan Chinese, they are the descendants of Chinese traders and the local people.

  15. jesie,
    You are a Peranakan! :) Wear a sarong and post the picture on your blog. :)

  16. lzmommy!
    Bring your kids to the museum this weekend. I hope there is less people queuing. It's going to be fun for the kids.

    When I'm better, I'll call you for tea. I owe you. :)

  17. napaboaniya,
    Really ah!? Half nonya. hehe....

    I'm going this weekend again. I should be well by then. Hope not so many people....

  18. emmyrose,
    You have to visit this museum and see for yourself! It's a truly interesting culture.

  19. I love peranankan food! better don't be down before your trip! Get well soon, ok ?

  20. Thanks to all for your kind wishes. I'm feeling slightly better... but looking weak and pale. hehe....

    People will 'See ghost!' if I step out of the house! hehe....

  21. tigerfish,
    Yep, I have to get well for a grand celebration! Must get well soon.

    *drink herbal concoction.... down tablets and empty medicine into mouth.....*

  22. that's an interesting museum!
    get well soon! :)

  23. This is absolutely new to me and again, something I get to learn only through blogging :)
    Thanks for the link, ECL, and hope you are feeling better.

  24. Oh Wow!I love the Peranakan culture,we just saw the Peranakan Museum in Malacca recently but more in a rush because we only had a few days there. I would definitely visit the coming weekend!

    Get well soon!

  25. I hope you feel better soon.

    Thanks for sharing about this interesting museum opening. Seems like a fun-filled event with so many wonderful things to see.

  26. this is very interesting!

    get well soon...

  27. These are amazing photos. Thanks for teaching me about this group!

  28. Hope you will get well soon. You have a grand occasion coming right?

    Thanks for the photos of the Peranakan wedding procession. I suppose you went on Sunday? It's quite interesting to see how the Chinese Peranakans combine elements from Malay and Chinese culture in its wedding procession. :)

    It seems like a very very long queue to enter the museum. I will probably check it out again when there is no crowd.

  29. alamak... fell ill ah? dribble too much, hor... hehe...

    get well soon! we wanna go horniday!!! ;-)

  30. It must be nice to be in that kind of festival. Looks like lot of fun!

    Happy WS!

  31. what a great weekend! so nice to see a traditional gathering like this. have a great week ahead!

  32. hope your fine now.

    that is an interesting post!

    happy tuesday!

  33. fabulous photos!
    I hope you feel better soon! I was sick for two weeks and I am JUST NOW feeling better. I wish you good health!

  34. Oh ... btw ... Cynthia and I love the Peranakan food ... especially the one at Katong :)

  35. Is the Peranakan an indigenous people or term for some who immigrated to Singapore. Curious to learn.

    Hope you are well too. Wishing you the best and good health.