Dive Into Singapore’s Indian History: Newly Opened Indian Heritage Centre

Friday, July 29, 2016 0 Comments

Newly Opened Indian Heritage Centre 

Love is a very complicated component of life, varying in intensity and in specificity of emotions. One thing, you feel you’re doing the best thing, the other thing, you feel horrid to the point of throwing up. No matter the situation, the person, the destination, love will always be a beautiful end result. 

Yes, this declarative sentence is partly because of a personal matter, and no, it isn’t something I wanted to make as an emphasis in this post. This is all about the National Heritage Board of Singapore’s newfound love for the Indian Heritage Centre, which is making waves in the museum scene of Singapore quite recently.

This four-story building is quite iconic in its own right, as it blends both traditional Indian and modern architectural elements of India. It’s right in the middle of Singapore’s Little India community, with a beautiful façade inspired by the “baoli”, known as an Indian stepwell. It’s opened to promote awareness and appreciation for Indian heritage, arts, and culture.

Permanent galleries are found at levels 4 and 3, featuring five themes which are arranged chronologically to span 1st century to the 21st century. Artefacts, interactive displays, and photographs from South and Southeast Asian origins of Indians. Be on the look out for the Roots and Routes: Origins and Migration area where you will find pretty cool Indian stuff that are very pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial.

Thumbs up for the Chettinad Doorway and the Tiled Façade which are clear show stoppers of this place. There are free guided tours available daily, both in English and in Tamil languages. Also, free media guides can be downloaded via the App Store or Google Play. Admission is free for all Singaporeans, permanent residents, and visitors aged 6 years and below. Be sure to visit before the last admission, which is one hour before closing.

My love for Indian culture is no longer as complicated as it used to be, all thanks to the Indian Heritage Centre.

Address: 5 Campbell Ln, 209924

Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 51 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the limits of after-office hours and vacation leaves.

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