The Malay Heritage Centre (MHC) was once Istana Kampong Gelam when Singapore was the seat of the Johor Sultanate during the 19th century.
The first istana was erected in 1819 for Sultan Hussein in the traditional Malay form as a palace raised on stilts. In 1840s, his son and successor, Sultan Ali, commissioned the istana to be rebuilt in its current form as the two-storeyed Malay Limas house with European moulding. The istana remained home to their descendants until 1999 when Kampong Gelam was redeveloped as a conservation district.
In 200, the Istana breathed new life as Malay Heritage Centre (MHC), which was then redeveloped once more to reopen in 2012. MHC provides cultural exposure and learning opportunities for visitors of all ages who are interested in Malay heritage and history.
Malay Heritage Centre Opening Hours
Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 6pm
Last admission at 5.30pm (Closed on Mondays)
How to Get to Malay Heritage Centre Singapore
Address: 85 Sultan Gate Singapore 198501
Nearest MRT: Bugis and Nicoll Highway MRT
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free for Singapore Citizens and PRs
You can get discounted tickets online from Klook or KKday.
Nearby places to check out:
- Sultan Mosque
- Singapore Chinese Opera Museum
- Parkview Museum
- Muslim Cemetery
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