The Intan

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Time Required: 1-2 hours

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7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Entry is available upon appointment
Minimum group-6

Entry Fee:

SGD 45
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The Intan, Singapore Overview

The Intan is an unconventional museum that preserves all things Peranakan over 20 years now. Extremely famous for its signature tea experience, the Intan is concealed in a Joo Chiat Terrace House. Visitors especially come here to witness the Peranakan tea culture which the Intan museum-cum-house perfectly does justice to. It has bagged awards such as 'Best overall Experience' in Singapore's inaugural museum roundtable awards and has been featured on international platforms like CNN Travel and Discovery Channel. 

Alvin Yapp, the owner of the Intan, started a pursuit of all things Peranakan, around 30 years ago. He was determined to know more about his heritage and culture, and after several requests to visit his home by the Peranakan enthusiasts, he finally converted his house into a museum so that people could quench their Peranakan thirst and others could educate themselves about the Peranakan Culture.

Being a 7th generation Peranakan himself, Alvin Yapp transformed his love for the Peranakan culture to a captivating and dynamically adapting abode of artifacts and handicrafts that reflect the true essence of Peranakan culture. Throughout his 20 years of quest, his collection has progressed as a personal and community-centric outlook of the Peranakan culture. Having won the traveler's choice award in 2017 and achieving the 'Certificate of Excellence', the Intan ranks 14 on things to do in Singapore. A collector's house-turned-museum, the Intan flaunts the Peranakan beauty and gives insight on the long-gone pages of Peranakan history.

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The Intan has carefully preserved its culture and heritage under one roof. Once you reach the site, you will find pots and plants of all shapes and sizes in front of Alvin's main door. As you enter, you will find the front parlour of the Intan which, back in the day, was an area where guests were received. As you climb up the stairs, you will find enamel pots and artefacts on flanked on each step. Photographs of his ancestors and vintage-styled mirrors hang on the walls of this house. Antique Peranakan jewellery and intricately hand beaded craft are also housed here. Alvin has an entire ceiling hanging with Tingkats, metal and enamel stacked lunchbox cases. Not to mention the elegant crockery that entirely captures the essence of Peranakan culture.

Since this place is a house converted into a museum, it does not have signs and placards for each artefact. Alvin himself gives his visitors a tour around his home, excitedly sharing information about his collection. He gladly answers all your doubts and questions about the collection and Peranakan culture. You will be told of stories of how an artefact was acquired and its significance in the home. Alvin's tour sessions are more of a conversational experience than informational.

At the end of the tour, there is a tea session which is the visitor's most favourite part of the Intan. This hour long-tea session is an excellent chance to experience authentic and delicious Peranakan snack like the Nyonya Kueh, Kueh Dada and so on. All of these are specially prepared by Alvin's mother and served on fancy, delicate Peranakan crockery. If you're lucky, Alvin and his sister may also give you an excellent piano performance.

The Intan is easily accessible from Hillview MRT Station that lies 10 minutes away from Exit B to the Intan. B43301 is the nearest bus stop that lies at a distance of 1 minute. Bus 172 reaches here.

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