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The Intan

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Fabulous time in the real Singapore

Can’t recommend this highly enough- an interesting, personal exploration of Singaporean culture. It... read more

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Reviewed 4 days ago
Sarah P
An Essential Introduction

I took my sister who was visiting Singapore. I've been to the Peranakan Museum, but it didn't leave... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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...more
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69 Joo Chiat Terrace, Singapore 427231, Singapore
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is not a typical museum tour. Alvin and his family warmly welcome you to their home, to show their incredible collection of Peranakan artefacts. Alvin has a serious shoe habit! The extensive collection of beaded and embroidered footwear, worn by the nyonya (Peranakan ladies)...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Can’t recommend this highly enough- an interesting, personal exploration of Singaporean culture. It was lovely, and informative, to spend time with Alvin and learn more about Peranakan culture (and enjoy delicious tea and sweets).

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Whilst Alvin is a friendly enough guy, I found that the whole experience was lacking in authenticity, and seriously way too expensive at $60 / person for about 1 hour. Lots of shoes, lots of Tengkat food containers and also spittoons. I recommend going to...More

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Alvin_Yapp, Owner at The Intan, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review. We take each and every visitor's experience seriously and tried reaching out to you to understand how we could have perform better, which unfortunately we didn't have a response. We understand you made a last minute booking to visit The...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took my sister who was visiting Singapore. I've been to the Peranakan Museum, but it didn't leave much impression. The Intan is not your typical museum. It is, in fact, Alvin's private collection and an actual Peranakan home. Alvin is passionate about sharing his...More

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Alvin_Yapp, Owner at The Intan, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your kind review! You have correctly highlighted that The Intan is not a typical museum It's actually a collector's home which has sinc been invited to be part of Singapore's National Heritage Board's Museum Roundtable Association in 2010. We were...More

Reviewed 17 September 2018

Before the visit to the museum, my knowledge of the Peranakan was poor or surface level at best. However the tour at "The Intan" left me with a great impression of the historical and cultural significance of the Peranakan culture in Singapore. The tour was...More

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Alvin_Yapp, Owner at The Intan, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

I am humbled by your lovely review! I am glad you enjoyed the visit and that we made an impression and given you a better understanding of Singapore's unique peranakan culture and heritage

Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

Came to the visit with barely any Peranakan knowledge but left with more than whatever I've expected. The variety of artifacts and display there is amazing and really lived up to its name of "The Intan" which means diamond. The host there was amazing as...More

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Alvin_Yapp, Owner at The Intan, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

We are so thankful for your lovely review! As a private museum, we depend on visitors like you to share your experience with others .

Reviewed 16 September 2018

The Peranakan is a very interesting part of Singapore history that Alvin share with passion, love and profound knowledge. One of the best museum experience I have ever had.

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Alvin_Yapp, Owner at The Intan, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

The INtan is proud to be the winner of Singapore best museum experience award as well as the Best Tour experience award by SIngapore tourism board!

Reviewed 12 September 2018

Had a great evening at the InTan last Monday . Brought 7 visitors from out of town to the InTan for an authentic Peranakan experience. Alvin not only provided a rich history of the Peranakan culture , but was able to show us the large...More

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Alvin_Yapp, Owner at The Intan, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2018

Thank you for your kind review! The Intan is certainly an interesting place to bring visitors and even locals for a Peranakan culture experience. We look forward to hosting you and your friends again soon at The Intan!

Reviewed 5 September 2018

The first thing I noticed delving into the Intan is the sheer volume of exotic enamelware and artifacts decorating the place, a testament to how avid and passionate its owner, Mr Alvin Yap, is as collector and care-taker of his gallery of culture. His enthusiasm...More

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Alvin_Yapp, Owner at The Intan, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2018

Thank you for sharing your review! You have truly shared so accurately about what the intan experience is like!

Reviewed 5 September 2018

The Peranakan culture predominantly lies within Singapore and Malaysia, and yet even in these countries is practically invisible to the public's eyes. Years ago there was a really popular drama series on local free-to-air TV covering this culture, but as months and years pass the...More

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Alvin_Yapp, Owner at The Intan, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2018

Thank you for your review! Am so glad we managed to make your visit special

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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
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Colin R
24 May 2017|
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Response from Alvin_Yapp | Property representative |
As much as we like to , The Intan is a private home museum where the owner and founder has self funded the museum. While there are charges for private tours that come with tea and refreshments, The Intan organises charity... More
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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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