Sultan Mosque

Sultan Mosque

Formerly the royal mosque of the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Mosque represents the solidarity and unity of Muslims in Singapore. The impressive building serves as a reminder of the Malay royalty that was once housed in the nearby Istana Kampong Glam and the thriving Muslim communities living in the area during the British colonial period.

<i>Ketupat</i> (left) and <i>lepat</i> (right) pouches, before they are cooked.

Weaving Ketupat

Ketupat is a rice cake wrapped with coconut leaves. Rice is a staple food for many communities in Southeast Asia. For the Malay community, there are several ways that rice is served- and ketupat is one of the ways where rice is cooked in small pouches made from young coconut leaves. The use of coconut leaves is a commonly found example of traditional food packaging found in the region.

Craft and Practices related to Kebaya

Kebaya is an upper garment that is traditionally made from fabrics such as velvet, cotton, gauze, lace, or voile, and at times adorned with embroidery. It is typically identified as a blouse or tunic with the collar extending from the back of the neck down to the hems on either side of the front body.

baju kurong

Making and Wearing of Baju Kurung

The baju kurung, loosely translated to mean “concealing dress” in Malay, is a traditional Malay costume that consists of a loose-fitting knee-length blouse, worn over a pair of pants (for men) or a long skirt (for women).

This Fashion Illustration by Isaac Liang

4: Everything Is Illuminated

Savour the sweetness of celebrating festivals in Singapore with Nadine and Gong Gong.


Making and Wearing of Songkok

The songkok is a traditional headgear worn by males, primarily in the Malay community, across the Malay/Indonesian archipelago to complete a customary attire, especially during formal occasions, and at social and religious events.

East Coast Lagoon Food Village

Geylang Serai Market & Food Centre

The present Geylang Serai Market & Food Centre espouses the heritage of a number of markets in the Geylang Serai area that goes back to the pre-World War II days. There was a make shift hawker shelter at the entrance of Kampong Geylang Serai, opposite Joo Chiat Road, which the municipality erected some time before 1930.

Mid Autumn Festival Light Up in Chinatown

Festivals in Singapore

Did you know that eight out of the eleven public holidays in Singapore are celebrations originating from our various religions and cultures? Singapore today is known to be a colourful mix of cultures, faiths, and communities.

Street Corner Heritage Galleries

Street Corner Heritage Galleries: Kampong Gelam

The Street Corner Heritage Galleries scheme is a collaborative effort between NHB museums, heritage institutions and community galleries, and local shop owners in their respective precincts to strengthen partnerships with communities and raise awareness of and foster deeper appreciation for heritage in everyday spaces.

Masjid Petempatan Melayu Sembawang - 27B Jalan Mempurong, Singapore 759055

Masjid Petempatan Melayu Sembawang

One of the last vestiges of a Malay kampung mosque in Singapore, the Masjid Petempatan Melayu Sembawang — hidden far off from the main road — has outlived the kampung it once served.

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Geylang Serai Heritage Gallery

Curated by Malay Heritage Centre, with support from the Malay Heritage Foundation, the Geylang Serai Heritage Gallery presents an overview of the area&rsquo;s history and heritage through the use of archival materials and historical objects, many of which are on loan from Kampong Ubi Community Centre Malay Museum. The gallery also features the experiences, memories and contributions of past and present residents of Geylang Serai.


The First Arrivals

The Chinese originated from China, Indians from India, Europeans from Europe – but how about the Malays? Were they all indigenous to Malaysia?