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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 4 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 29 July 2017 via mobile

This 1 hour tour gives you such a unique insight into what is Peranakan and how the different cultures of the early Singaporeans melded together. The tour guide was very knowledgable and I am amazed this is a free tour... not even canvassing for donations at the end (which I think they should)

2  Thank CarolD376
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Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

I've walked past this old house a few times but have never actually got around to making an appointment to see the inside. The exterior has been restored and looks quite nice, and if you're in the area it's still worth a quick stop.

1  Thank KGB777
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Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

My family group of 6 spent 2 good hours in Baba house with a passionate voluntary tour guide named Mr. Chai and a friendly NUS staff. The story behind the architecture and furniture helped me to appreciate more the history and emergence of Singapore to its current position. If you're lucky to be confirmed with the tour, then you should finish just about time to have a nice walk along Neil Street before heading to lunch @ the MICHELIN Kok Sen restaurant within some blocks away

2  Thank HMChau
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Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

This place can only be visited in connection with a free tour of approx. 1.5 hours which requires prior registration. I waited a couple of weeks for a free seat on a Saturday but it was worth waiting. You will get insights into an original shop house that belonged to a peranakan family, its lifestyle and the architecture of these traditional houses. On the way there you may explore the area which offers many more preserved shop houses and is close to the central business district and Chinatown.

1  Thank celge
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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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