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The Malay Cultural Centre (former Istana Kampong Glam)

The Malay Cultural Centre is in the heart of Kampong Gelam (sometimes spelt ‘Glam’), one of the earliest Malay settlements.  The building was once known as Istana Kampung Gelam and was the palace of the family and followers of Sultan Hussein Mohamed Shah, the man Stamford Raffles brought in from Pulau Penyengat in Riau to become the titular head of his new-found colony.

In 1820, the Istana occupied an area twice the size of the present compound.  This property was halved when Victoria Street was built across the compound.

Over time, the compound and building became dilapidated.  In 1999, the Malay Heritage Foundation was formed to restore the premises and building so as to transform it into a beautiful and meaningful Malay Heritage Centre.  The museum’s 9 galleries present the history, culture, role and contributions of Singapore’s Malay community.

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Written by victorkoo

19 November, 2009 at 1:00 pm

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