For many years the Malay heritage centre was not a prominent heritage attraction. Since 2008, the government funded 1.7 million SGD annually to rejuvenate the heritage centre and since August 2011 the centre underwent refurbishment and recently reopened in September 2012. This week is the week with Hari Raya Haji (Also known as Eid al-Adha (Id ul-Adha) is a four-day Islamic festival starting on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijja (Thou al-Hijja) to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son.) Arrival
Arriving to Kampong Glam today is very hot at noon time. As it is a Sunday of a long weekend of Hari Raya Haji, many shops selling food and traditional goods were closed which is a pity as if the timing was right, we would have more choices on buying beverages and souvenir shops. The Masjid Sultan (also know as Sultan Mosque) was having a special recital of hymns for this particular weekend which can be heard in the immediate vicinity. The Kampong Glam Malay Heritage Centre
The Malay Heritage Centre was housed in the former Istana Kampong Glam, the residence of the Sultan of yore. Our guide Ms Noor, an experienced guide at the centre introduced us to the historical origins of the area. Her lively and clear delivery was one of the main points I would like to highlight. She is Malay which makes the material more relatable as she draws upon her experience of living in Singapore as a Malay, the customs, the habits and the mentality from before till now. A comprehensive tour offering an experience for, sight, sound, smell and touch. We are offered oils made from the namesake gelum tree for us to sniff. I noticed that an Caucasian family came along for the tour and the adults were captivated, for the first 15 minutes before going on their own to explore the centre. Perhaps they were not interested in history or perhaps the heritage was not their main motive of touring the area. The...