Before heading off to the race, learn about the Malays, one of many communities in Singapore's multicultural heritage at Kampong Glam, located to the north of the Singapore River.
Visitors can enjoy tours conducted by the Malay Heritage Centre and enjoy the centre's permanent and travelling exhibitions on ethnic Malay culture, all within the Istana Kampong Gelam compounds.
Take time to explore this quaint precinct on your own, starting with Masjid Sultan (also known as the Sultan Mosque) nearby for a glimpse into the spiritual practices of Singapore’s Muslim community. Then amble down Arab Street and witness the traditional trades of early Malay and Arab settlers. Providing a nice contrast is Haji Lane, best known for its graffiti mural walls and boutiques stocked with vintage and independent labels. Or tuck into some of Kandahar Street's popular Malay grub.
Entrance Fees: Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents can enjoy free admission, while our foreigner friends can enter for a small fee of SGD 2 to SGD 4.
Free Guided Tours
Guided tours can be enjoyed at no cost, and are available on weekdays from Tuesday to Friday at 11am, and on weekends on Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. For groups larger than 20, the Malay Heritage Centre encourages you to book your tours four weeks prior to arrival. For corporate or special needs tours, enquire at NHB_MHC@nhb.gov.sg
* The availability of the guided tours is subject to the availability of our volunteer docents.