Chinese smoking opium in an opium den

In 19th-century China, opium smoking was accepted as a social grace throughout society. To both the elite and the poor, offering a guest an opium pipe was likened to serving tea. With the wave of Chinese migration to the Straits Settlements during the 19th century, the practice of opium smoking was also brought to Singapore.

Date/Period
Late 19th century
Region
China/Singapore
Dimension
Image size: 8.8 x 13.9 cm
Accession No.
1999-02418
Collection of
National Museum of Singapore
Category
Postcards