Visit the Baba House at Neil Road for an interesting Nonya culture trip – Free Admission

If Martha Stewart has already visited the Baba House at Neil Road, the previous anchestral home of a Strait Chinese family, learnt about the Peranakan culture and tradition in the carefully preserved shophouse, why haven’t we?

Peranakan shophouses which add a vivid splash of colour to the Joo Chiat area

As Singaporeans, we are fortunate because we often encounter Peranakan shophouses by chance. I often see rows of colourful Peranakan shophouses in Joo Chiat (above) while I’m travelling, but to gain a deep insight of the culture, a visit to the Baba House where you can walk in, is essential.

At the Baba House, where the Wee family once stayed, the carefully restored architecture means that the visitor can take a peek back into earlier times, not just by admiring the traditional interiors and furnishings, but also take a look at…

How a peep-hole is used by the traditional bride to check out potential suitors

Both modern and new Perankan embroidery, known for its intricate designs

Grand and ornate furniture displayed gracefully like nothing has changed

… and so much more

The Baba house also houses temporary exhibitions, offering educational and artistic inspiration for students, researchers and photographers.

There are also heritage tours for $3 (NUS students), $5 (18 years and below), $8 (55 years and below) and $10 (adults).

Do make an appointment before visiting, tours can be arranged on Monday 2-3pm and Thursday 10 -11am.

The Baba House at 157 Neil Road has Outram Park as the nearest MRT station.

For enquiries, call (65) 6227 5731 or e-mail babahouse@nus.edu.sg

Baba House is managed by National University of Singapore.

 

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