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The Intan

69 Joo Chiat Terrace, Singapore 427231, Singapore
+65 6440 1148
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Excellent Visit

Alvin met us at 10AM on Sunday morning with tea and cakes. While we enjoyed his collection, the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Pemccollam
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Interesting and informative tour

I was visiting Singapore for 2 day’s before flying to Perth, WA. I had read about this place so... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
citymadmandi
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VISITS ARE STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENTS Founded in 2003, The Intan is a Peranakan heritage home-museum. The brainchild of antique collector and owner Alvin Yapp, The Intan (meaning 'rose-cut diamond' in Malay) enlightens its guests about the multi-facetted aspects of Peranakan culture through a kaleidoscope of rare historical artefacts, intriguing personal stories, and authentic dining experiences. Located in the heart of Joo Chiat, a traditional Peranakan enclave and Singapore's first heritage town (2011), The Intan offers personalised tours conducted by Alvin, which culminate with authentic Peranakan tea sessions and dinners inspired by his mother. The Intan also doubles up as a unique event space, having hosted a variety of activities that included jewellery exhibitions, art shows and violin recitals. Voted Best Overall Experience in Singapore's inaugural Museum Roundtable Awards, The Intan has been featured internationally on CNN Travel, Discovery Channel and National Geographic. Singapore Travelholic lists The Intan as the top 5 Peranakan activities to do in Singapore. With a vision to promote Peranakan culture beyond Singapore, The Intan's collection has been showcased in places such as Croatia, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Moscow, London and Barcelona.
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69 Joo Chiat Terrace, Singapore 427231, Singapore
Joo Chiat
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+65 6440 1148
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Alvin met us at 10AM on Sunday morning with tea and cakes. While we enjoyed his collection, the best part of the visit was the opportunity to sit with Alvin and discuss Peranakan history, his collecting passion and life in Singapore. We highly recommend this...More

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Alvin_Yapp, Owner at The Intan, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

It was an absolute pleasure hosting you.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was visiting Singapore for 2 day’s before flying to Perth, WA. I had read about this place so emailed for an appointment. Alvin replied promptly and was very accomodating. I was meeting a friend who was living there and she had not been to...More

1  Thank citymadmandi
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Alvin_Yapp, Owner at The Intan, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

I am so happy to receive your review and am glad that you and your friend enjoyed the visit to The Intan!!!! We try to please and meet each and every one of our earnestly with passion to share singapore 'a unique Peranakan culture. I...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The experience that I had at this establishment doesn’t really match the description on Trip Advisor. I don’t know if we just came on a bad day or what. There was very little detail or info given about the pieces in the home, even when...More

1  Thank AdamRichman
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Alvin_Yapp, Owner at The Intan, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking time to share with us your feedback. As we are a small establishment that strive to delight all our visitors, we are deeply disturbed and equally puzzled with your review. We tried reaching out to you to understand better , but...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you have some time to visit this hidden treasure, do it. This is a home-made collection that has been painstakingly amassed over more than 10 years. The care Alvin has made in creating and maintaining of this museum is tremendous, and his knowledge in...More

1  Thank Constance T
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Alvin_Yapp, Manager at The Intan, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely review! Actually the collection is over 30 years! Being the owner and the collector, you can bet I am super passionate and careful in the display and sharing of the collection with visitors. Welcome to the world of Peranakan culture!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The homeowner: Alvin provides a delightful insight into Peranakan history in his fascinating house, which is a treasure trove of eclectic Peranakan treasures that he has collected over the years. We really enjoyed having the opportunity to discuss his culture over delicious pomelo tea and...More

1  Thank SingaporeScribbler
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Alvin_Yapp, Owner at The Intan, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

YOu are ALWAYS welcome to The Intan! Thanks for reminding everyone to ALWAYS make an appointment before visit The Intan! This allows us to prepare the visit for you and your friends in advance! YOu may write to contactus@the-intan.com for an appointment!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Alvin provides an amazing glimpse into the Peranakan culture of Singapore. His home is filled with beautiful antiques from this culture and he gives incredible detail of his heritage. This family run business is exceptional and they offer you the chance to opt in for...More

Thank Liz C
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Alvin_Yapp, Owner at The Intan, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

It was a pleasure hosting you! Looking forward to you next visit to The Intan! Just always remember to make a booking before coming!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Intan was an incredible experience. Not only is the collection eclectic and immersive, but Alvyn (the owner and curator) was an amazing host and storyteller. His stories on Peranakan culture and history were illuminating, and the discussions we were able to have with him...More

1  Thank sbekeylee
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Alvin_Yapp, Manager at The Intan, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

It was truly the discussions that make the visit exceptional, and I thank you and your friends for that!

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

I had a really enriching and fun time at The Intan! Enjoyed every bit of it! I love how the interiors of the house retained the peranakan feels as well!

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Alvin_Yapp, Owner at The Intan, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2018

I am glad you enjoyed your visit! We've kept the house as original as we found it and brought in the collection!

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

It was interesting learning about the history of Singapore and its various cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The tea and sweets were also very good.

1  Thank Mainsailhr
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Alvin_Yapp, Owner at The Intan, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2018

Our tea and 'sweet's or kuehs are traditional peranakan cakes which we have carefully curated and selected for each visit!

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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

The owner is really knowledgeable and passionate about Peranakan culture. Although it is not a very big space but it has a very a comprehensive collection and I am amazed and learned a lot from him!More

2  Thank Sean S
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Alvin_Yapp, Owner at The Intan, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2018

As a Peranakan, it is my passion to share and learn as much about the Peranakan culture as I can! Yes the house is a typical post war house in the Peranakan neighbourhood of Joo Chiat , where most houses are about 1000 Sq ft...More

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Joo Chiat
The Joo Chiat area is the traditional home of
Peranakan culture in Singapore, an ethnic group
descending from the blending of Chinese and Malay
families in the 15th century. The neighbourhood is
packed with colourful shops, local characters, and
quiet charm. The main streets overflow with diners
enjoying katong laksa, the signature Peranakan spicy
noodle soup. Signs of youthful entrepreneurship are
...More
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Colin R
24 May 2017|
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Response from Alvin_Yapp | Property representative |
Hello . For a 2 person private visit. the cost is $85 per person
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Geeyian
16 February 2017|
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Response from Alvin_Yapp | Property representative |
For a 2 person visit, the cost is $85 per person
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George B
17 November 2016|
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Response from Alvin_Yapp | Property representative |
Hi . Bus 33 from the city gets you closest to where we are . You can stop at the tembeling/Joo Chiat place bus stop n its a 7 min walk from there. Paya lebar station is the nearest train station . Ask directions to for Joo... More
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