Ranked 110 among Places to Visit in Singapore
Time Required: 1 - 2 hours
Situated in the bustling locale of Little India, the Indian Heritage Centre is a cultural centre and museum in Singapore where one can learn the culture, heritage and history of the Indian community of Singapore. Modelled like a traditional Indian stepwell or Baoli, this informative centre is managed by the National Heritage Board with support from the Indian community of Singapore.
This four-storey building is home to five permanent galleries that detail and celebrate Indian culture and the history and development of the Indian community in the country. There are additional spaces in the structure meant for special exhibitions, workshops, activities and other programmes organised by the heritage centre. Visitors are greeted by an introductory film, after which they may find the special exhibition gallery on the second level of this fascinating building. This gallery keeps changing, showing visitors different facets of Indian culture all year long. The 3rd and 4th level are the sites of the permanent galleries of the centre. The features within this charming centre represent the Indian style of architecture and design, from the entrance to the structure to the ornate Chettinad doors.
Apart from the fascinating display of the history, heritage and culture of Singaporean Indians, the Indian Heritage Centre Resource Library is another valuable source of information for further understanding of the Indian community. There is also a shop within where visitors may purchase souvenirs to commemorate their visit to this cultural oasis. This centre is situated at the beginning of the Little India precinct, allowing visitors to enjoy the vibrancy of the location after they have gained a deeper understanding of the community.
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