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During the 13th to the 17th Centuries many Chinese immigrants moved to the Indonesian archipelago, including Malaysia and Singapore. These people were called the ‘Peranankan’. The Peranakan people were known for their unique culture and lifestyle, and the Peranakan Museum is a symbol of that culture and lifestyle. The museum is a great place to understand the heritage of these people, and is thus devoted to telling the tale of these people.
Established in 2008 and located on Armenian Street, the Peranakan Museum is a sister museum of the larger Asian Civilization Museum. The museum contains 10 permanent galleries which house a large collection of Paranakan artifacts and rare items. One can witness a range of items used in the day to day of the Peranakan people. You can observe the types of clothes they wore, the types of food they ate and the type of lifestyle they led. Unique aspects of the Peranakan lifestyle are also displayed at the museum; for example one can see artifacts about the traditional 12 day Peranakan wedding, the preparations before Peranakan festivities, and the elaborate arts of crafts of the Parankan people. The museum also has several special temporary exhibitions on different themes, so make sure you check them out as well.
The Peranakan Museum is a great place to understand the heritage of the Peranakan, and depicts the tale of their survival and progress from the 13th Century to modern times. Any lover of history or culture should definitely pay it a visit.
Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.