SINGAPOšļļ: Discovering Chinese Singaporean Culture | Permanent Exhibition @ Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

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SINGAPOšļļ: Discovering Chinese Singaporean Culture is a permanent exhibition at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre exploring the¬†distinctive Chinese Singaporean culture through food, language and customs.¬†

Location: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Gallery, Level 2
Date: All Days
Hour:¬†ÔĽŅ2 pm - 8 pm (Mon), 10 am - 8 pm (Tue - Sun)
Admission: FREE

*Note: Early closures at 3 pm on 7, 14, 21 and 28 Aug 2020, and late opening at 2 pm on 16 August.  

Spread across 5 specially curated zones, the exhibition brings you on an interesting journey on what being a Chinese Singaporean mean and how it has been influenced by the many other cultures that we have been exposed to. 

Throughout the exhibition, children and parents alike will have fun tapping their RFID-enabled wristbands to answer questions and polls - all these responses will contribute to a customised report that offers insights to their exhibition experience, which they can print and bring home!

*September Holiday 2020 Update

SCCC has created activity booklets for younger audience and their families. These activities complement the permanent exhibit's content, tailoring the experience for young kids!

2 activity booklets are available. One for 5 - 8 yrs old and the other for 10 yrs and up. Head down this September and let your kids explore what makes the Singaporean Chinese culture, so unique! 

Let's move on and see what each zone is about! 

Zone 1: What Makes Us, "Us"? 

In this zone, you will explore the many influences that makes us distinct. Our geography, history, economics and politics has all influenced the Singaporean Chinese that we know of today. 

Zone 2: Beyond Generations

Have you wondered why we observe certain Chinese traditions and customs? Or why or how this may differ from Chinese from other parts of the world? In this zone, you will find the values that have been passed down from Generations and explore how these may have changed with time. 

Zone 3: When Cultures Meet? 

Learn how the meeting of cultures, not just of different ethnic groups but also from different dialect groups, resulted in the the way we are! From our food to our daily conversation. 

Did you know the commonly used word "Kopitiam" is actually a fusion of Malay and Hokkien words?

Here, families may also challenge each other in a Kopi-ordering competition! A challenge of speed, accuracy and knowledge of our local Kopitiam culture to see who can make the most cups of coffee! One Kopi-siu-dai-peng-sua please!

Zone 4: Made in Singapore

While rooted in our Chinese heritage, being in one of the most diverse society and most connected city, Singaporean Chinese are often open to different ideas, languages, religions, lifestyles and points of view. Perhaps that is where our creativity in food, arts and even pop culture stems from!

Zone 5: Marking Our Mark

Here you will see the how Singaporean Chinese Culture has spread across the world. You will see familiar brands and people who has brought our culture internationally. 


Have any thoughts about what makes Chinese Singaporean unique? Share it with us in the comments section below!


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This article is prepared by

Jiarong Yu
Daddy to 2 adorable little ones. Misses them the moment they are not around, regrets missing them the moment they are around.

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