Courtyard Cafe @National Gallery Singapore

Went for the Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay at National Gallery Singapore. It was raining heavily, so we end up at the Courtyard Cafe. The price for the tea snack set was reasonable. Coffee was bad. Will like to try their kueh next time.

Courtyard cafe

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Malay Heritage Centre (Previously Istana Kampong Glam)

Istana Kampong Glam was the seat and historic home of Malay royalty in Singapore. The first sultan, Hussein Mohmad Shah, never lived in the building as he died in Malacca in 1835. The present building was constructed in 1840 by his son, Tengku Mohammed Ali, who was later recognised as Sultan Ali Iskandah Shah. The Istana is located at Sultan Gate in Kampong Glam, in the Rochor area of the central region. Today, Istana Kampong Glam is preserved as the Malay Heritage Centre.

In 1896, Sultan Ali’s three wives settled in court their dispute over the rights to the Istana Kampong Glam estate. In 1897, the court repealed this privilege of land ownership and ruled that no one could claim to be a successor. Hence, the estate belonged to the colony of Singapore and not to the sultan’s descendants, although they were allowed to continue living there.

In 1993, the government announced plans to develop Istana Kampong Glam since it was located in the 16-hectare Kampong Glam conservation area. Residents were given ample time to make their own housing arrangements. On 12 March 1999, it was announced that the Istana would be converted into a Malay heritage centre. After redevelopment, the Malay Heritage Centre was officially opened in June 2005.

Malay Heritage Centre