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Peranakan Museum

Gallery 1 - Origins

Peranakan Museum, 39 Armenian Street
Gallery 1 - Origins

In Malay, "Peranakan" means "child of" or "born of" and is used to refer to people of mixed ethnic origins. Chinese Peranakans are the majority, but there are also Peranakan communities of other ethnicities in Southeast Asia, including Arab, Indian, and Eurasian.

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Gallery 2-5 - Weddings

Peranakan Museum, 39 Armenian Street
Gallery 2-5 - Weddings

Explore the many rituals of the traditional Peranakan wedding in these galleries. Learn about the coming of age (Chiu Thau) and exchange of gifts (Lap Chai) ceremonies, and peek inside the wedding chamber. Our extensive collection of Peranakan beadwork - an essential element of the wedding - is displayed here.

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Gallery 6 - Language and Fashion

Peranakan Museum, 39 Armenian Street
Gallery 6 - Language and Fashion

The language and dress of Peranakans were influenced by life in Southeast Asia. Learn about their language - Baba Malay - through our displays, and listen to recordings. Observe how the silhouette of the sarong kebaya, the nyonya’s attire of choice, changed over time with shifting notions of fashion and femininity.

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Gallery 7 - Religion

Peranakan Museum, 39 Armenian Street
Gallery 7 - Religion

Traditionally, Peranakans embraced a mixture of Daoism, Buddhism, ancestor worship, and folk beliefs. Theys ought to gain the favour of and pacify spirits through rites and offerings. Death rituals and mourning were especially important to show respect for ancestors.

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Gallery 8 - Public Life

Peranakan Museum, 39 Armenian Street
Gallery 8 - Public Life

Many peranakans played a prominent role in commerce, politics and social affairs in 19th and 20th-century Southeast Asia. Singapore pioneer Tan Kim Seng and former Cabinet Minister Lim Kim San are just two of the many Peranakans who became cultural and philanthropic leaders in Singapore.

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