I really recommend the tour of this wonderfully restored Peranakan family home - managed by the University of Singapore. Our guide today - Janice- brought the house to life. She explained all the carvings and symbols, how life would have been lead and the house used, lots of practical details like the house was deliberately open to the elements so that rain water could be caught but because of the structure the house never got wet (amazing in Singapore!), the marriage system, how the house was restored, the fascinating family who lived here and so much more. You have to book online in advance as tours are only on specific days with a maximum of 15 people. It's free!! Try and travel light as you can't take bags into the house (they are locked up safely while the tour takes place). When you reach upstairs you have to take your shoes off to preserve the flooring. No photos inside. It is very efficiently administered so you get sent a clear map and joining details. Very easy to get to by bus - 61, 166 etc. Lots of gorgeous old Singapore houses nearby. This is an absolute treat. One of the most interesting things I've done in the 6 weeks I have spent in this wonderful city.
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