the Peranakan Museum

Today, after a hectic morning at the Immigration Control, we thought since we were around the corner, we could visit the Peranakan Museum. It was a worth while trip as there was a complimentary guided tour of the place.

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What greeted us at the reception area was this huge handcrafted beaded table cloth.


It is said that a million beads were needed to put this together.

A large part of the museum features wedding rituals, traditions and customs of these Peranakans.

On the right, is a "passport" of sorts. Then people didn't need travel documents: they only needed to be quarantineed so that they would be free of illness.

More wedding related stuff:

Wedding bed, head gears which the brides have to wear.


These baskets are familiar.

We still follow these customs, regardless whether we are Peranakan or not.


These are usually for the more wealthy Peranakans. The tea set is used during the wedding ceremony where the groom will be given a toast by his father for the one and only time in his life.


While we were looking at the exhibits, C went around looking for stamps!


This is what a typical Peranakan shop house would look like.




Baby stuff:



Kitchen:


What their dinning room would look like. It's amazing to see how elaborate their lifestyle was.




It wasn't all nice and rosy things they put on. There was a segment on death and the rituals they follow. Even the clothes they have to put on during the funeral was on displayed.


This is a Bible in malay. The altar which features Jesus is also heavily engraved with chinese deities.


There were also other things, like the jewellery the Peranakans wear on exhibition. We were not allowed to take pictures there though. Overall, we had a good time and we learned a great deal about this group of people. :)




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