The Istana Kampong Glam – also known as the Sultan’s Palace or Residence – forms part of the Kampong Glam conservation area, and was converted into The Malay Heritage Centre (MHC) to preserve the rich Malay culture and its heritage.
Visitors can also learn more about the significant contributions of prominent Malays such as:-
(a) Yusof bin Ishak, Singapore’s first President and former journalist who founded the first Malay newspaper, Utusan Melayu, and aided the educational progress of Malays.
(b) Said Zubir, the composer of Singapore’s national anthem, Majulah Singapura (Onward Singapore). A scorewriter and arranger for Cathay-Keris film productions, he was first approached by the City Council of Singapore to write a song for the city’s official functions. The song-writing took a year to complete. The original music score is housed in the MHC.
A temporary exhibition on Malay publishing – Yang Menulis / They who wrote – examines the role of scribes and the process of copying by hand, as the industry moves towards mass production using the printing press. This joint project with the National Library Board (NLB) also features commissioned excerpts of rare archives of 19th century literature, manuscripts and lithographs from NLB’s virtual library and Rare Materials Collection.
Location: 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501
For more information click: www.malayheritage.org.sg
Free admission to galleries, 10am to 6pm