Intangible Cultural Heritage


Knowledge and Practices concerning Nature and Universe

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  • Traditional Chinese Medicine

    Traditional Chinese Medicine

    Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is one of the oldest systems of medicine in the world, dating back to more than 2,000 years. It views the human body as an organic whole with the organs related to and influencing each other.

  • Making of Chinese Medicated Oils

    chinese medicated oil and ointment

    The formulations of Chinese medicated oils are derived from practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a stream of medicine rooted in the Chinese philosophy of balance between the forces of yin and yang.

  • Ayurveda


    The practice of Ayurveda medicine, with its roots in ancient Sanskrit sources, is believed to have started in Singapore in the late 19th-20th centuries. Ayurveda is a celebrated form of Indian medicine based on applied philosophy of “metaphysical fitness”, which comprises a holistic treatment aimed at restoring the natural balance of one’s body, mind and soul.

  • Traditional Malay Medicine

    malay medicine

    Traditional Malay Medicine comprises the practices, approaches and knowledge of health and healing that are associated with Malay culture and passed down through generations.

  • Orchid Cultivation

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    Orchids belong to one the most diverse families of flowering plants in the world, with more than 25,000 recorded species, of which about 220 species are native to Singapore, although only about 60 species remain extant (i.e., surviving in Singapore, not extinct).

  • Birthing Traditions

    Birthing Traditions

    Birthing traditions involve practices performed during prenatal, labour, and postnatal periods. In various communities, it is believed that prenatal practices can have an impact on the process of labour and delivery. The postnatal period is for a woman to recover from childbirth; hence specific rituals are observed to ensure recovery and prevent ill health in later years. The restoration of maternal health is important and practices are undertaken in the belief that they protect the woman from future illnesses.

  • Practices related to Mazu

    Practices related to Mazu

    Mazu (妈祖), also known as the Goddess of the Sea, is a sea deity popularly worshipped in the provinces of Fujian and Guangdong in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and various parts of Southeast Asia with a sizeable Chinese population like Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

  • Rangoli

    Rangoli, which means “an array of colours” in Sanskrit, is a traditional Indian art form dating back some 5,000 years to the pre-Aryan period. It is known as kolam in Tamil.

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