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An interesting look at a former Peranakan home

I enjoyed this tour a lot more than a similar one I did in Malacca (Baba and Nyonya Heritage... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
minxbaby
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Singapore, Singapore
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Worth booking we’ll ahead.

Getting to visit here can be a little laborious as tickets need to be booked well in advance but... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2018
TheOExpress
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Hong Kong, China
via mobile
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

I'm sure the success of this must rest in large part on the volunteer guides, but the combination of architectural and historical gems mean that this is one of the best things I have done in Singapore.
The NUS admin person is a little officious, but don't be put out by that as the volunteer guide was incredibly knowledgeable and engaging: he did a wonderful job of bringing the house to life, and with a healthy dollop of gentle humour.
It's a beautiful property and the renovation seems very well executed.

3  Thank Michael D
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

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.

5  Thank Beverley73
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Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Really interesting to l ran a bit of baba culture from an enthusiastic guide. Had a lovely one and a half hour visit.
Facing the house the side road to the right has a good tea shop just round the corner.

1  Thank Paul B
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Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Step inside the blue house for a little time travelling ! Well worth taking the time. A real insight into Peranaken culture and the history of the families who lived in Singapore.

1  Thank GapYear4grownups
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Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

A must see for locals n tourists alike! This unique museum is once a living home of the rich Peranakan family. The guided tours are informative n thorough if you wish to see how the Peranakans lived , in the past. Highly recommend this!

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