Published on : Monday, October 30, 2017
Beautifully embroidered Sarong Kebaya, an antique wooden wedding bed, and Peranakan porcelain ‘nyonyaware’ are some of the historical exhibits and artefacts on display at a new Peranakan Gallery in Changi Airport’s new Terminal 4 (T4).
The gallery, a first-ever collaboration between Changi Airport Group and National Heritage Board, is unveiled by the Peranakan Museum to enhance the heritage experience as passengers get to discover and learn about the rich Peranakan culture.
Located in the Departure Transit area, the Peranakan Gallery is part of T4’s Heritage Zone. Visitors to the Peranakan Gallery will be greeted by a doll house model display of Peranakan shophouse architecture. Historical portraits of pioneers many decades ago lined the walls of the 150sqm gallery. The gallery’s displays, which will be refreshed periodically, are an introduction to the material culture of the Peranakan, and its influence on contemporary local design.Complementing the galleries of the Peranakan Museum (at Armenian Street), which explores the culture of Peranakan communities in Southeast Asia, the Peranakan Gallery at T4 examines how Peranakan culture has inspired contemporary living and design. The gallery also showcases how the Peranakans of Southeast Asia, known for their hybrid style, customs, cuisine, language and prolific use of colours, have added vibrancy to Singapore’s societal fabric.
Mr John Teo, General Manager of the Peranakan Museum, explains: “The Peranakan Gallery shows the continued influence of Peranakan material culture, which has evolved over more than 200 years, on culture and contemporary living in Singapore today. The inherent hybridity of Peranakan culture, a result of generations of immigrants living side-by-side with indigenous communities in port cities across Southeast Asia, also invites us to consider Singapore’s own heritage and multicultural society.”
Ms Chang Hwee Nee, Chief Executive Officer of the National Heritage Board, notes, “The Peranakan Gallery is an excellent example of the close collaboration between the Peranakan Museum and the Changi Airport Group. I would like to thank CAG for their confidence in the museum, and their significant in-kind donation for this gallery. The Peranakan Gallery is a unique platform to share and promote Singapore’s Peranakan culture and heritage with the world.”
Mr Yam Kum Weng, CAG’s Executive Vice President Airport Development said, “The Peranakan Gallery with its display of artifacts adds a dimension of depth and authenticity to the Heritage Zone in T4. Beyond the Peranakan Love Story show and alluring offerings of local gastronomic delights in the Heritage Zone, intrigued passengers will have the opportunity to learn more about the heritage and culture of the Singapore Peranakan community at the Peranakan Gallery. We are excited about our collaboration with National Heritage Board to promote a part of our Singaporean culture and heritage to both our local and foreign passengers.”
The Peranakan Gallery will be open 24 hours daily, and is free for all passengers who have cleared departure immigration.