Peranakan Heritage by Merz S or Similar

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day tour

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: Morning

4 hours    English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian

tour highlights

  • Visit a museum for an understanding of Peranakan culture including their material legacy
  • Explore the suburbs of Joo Kiat and Katong
  • Admire the Perankan architecture of pre-war shophouses and sample Nyonya delicacies in Joo Chiat and Katong

tour details

Explore the culture, lifestyle and history of Singapore’s Straits-born Chinese – the Peranakan – largely descendants of early Chinese immigrants who married local women. Visit the Peranakan Museum to admire traditional costumes, jewlery and festival artifacts, see Peranakan shophouses from the 20th century; and enjoy a tasting of Perankan or Nyonya delicacies.

tour description

Join us on a colourful journey into the history, lifestyle and unique characters of the Peranakan people known as Babas (the men) and Nonyas (the women). Peranakans are Straits-born or local Chinese with a blend of Chinese and Malay Heritage.
We begin with a visit to a museum that houses a comprehensive display with historical and ethnological dimensions of Peranakan culture anywhere in the world, including both their material legacy (silver, porcelain, jewellery) as well as intangible heritage (language, food, religious rituals). Wander through the bustling enclaves of Katong & Joo Chiat showcasing the rich and baroque Peranakan architecture. Katong is the place to go for colourful Nonya kebayas (traditional dress of female Peranakans), exquisite beaded slippers and handbags, and of course home-made Peranakan cuisine. Here we stop at Kim Choo Kueh Chang, founded over 40 years ago where patrons can savour its famous sweet rice dumplings. Enjoy a sampling of Nonya cuisine, a marriage of cooking styles of both traditional Chinese and Malay cooking.


  • Transfers
  • Entrance fee to museum
  • Food tasting


  • Personal expenditure
Tour code: EXSHPRHG

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