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The Intan

69 Joo Chiat Terrace, Singapore 427231, Singapore
+65 6440 1148
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Engaging, enlightening, and fun

Our visit to The Intan provided a window into a world we knew nothing about, the rich and... read more

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Reviewed 3 days ago
robincJ3235AA
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Boulder, United States
Eye opener

thoroughly enjoyed time spent looking around the interesting collection of beautiful things and... read more

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Reviewed 6 days ago
kmblawson
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Adelaide, Australia
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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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Reviewed 3 days ago

Our visit to The Intan provided a window into a world we knew nothing about, the rich and intriguing history of Peranakan culture in Singapore. Alvin Yapp has assembled an amazing collection of furniture, porcelain, shoes, and other antiques that tell this amazing story in...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

thoroughly enjoyed time spent looking around the interesting collection of beautiful things and speaking with Alvin about the history of his collection.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there as a local student to learn more about the Peranakan culture for my project earlier this year! The place was well furnished with the owner's collection and my friend and I were being brought through the space with explanation of the artefact. The...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Yes - you will discover lovely Peranakan artefacts in a traditional Peranakan household setting - but more importantly the Peranakan culture, their influences and their beliefs will be brought to life through the storytelling of your host, Alvin, who has spent a lifetime saving and...More

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

Thank you for your kind review! We trust you had a fabulous time in Singapore, and you are right, it feels more than a lifestime savings....almost 2 lifetime savings ! And making friends like you makes it all worth every penny!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A great museum, done differently to the normal. Host was knowledgable and welcoming. Highly recommended.

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

I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit! Thank you for recommending us.....we are an independent museum without any funding from the government....so you review means so much to us!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such a unique and eye opener experience for me. Never known so much about Peranakan culture until the day I visited this museum. Alvin, the owner of the museum, did a fantastic job in taking care of all the collections and also in explaining the...More

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

We are so glad you enjoyed the visit! Glad you learnt and now know more about the Peranakan culture!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Alvin did a great job in describing everything, and making the whole trip interesting and enjoyable! We especially enjoyed the snacks at the end of the trip.

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

Yes all visits to The Intan comes with traditional Peranakan refreshments and a specially home brewed tea!

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Reviewed 2 June 2018

My preschoolers are on a mission to discover more about about the Peranakan culture and this was the perfect place for their learning journey. We wanted a place where the children can have a close up experience with all things Peranakan and Alvin did not...More

Thank Annie L
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Alvin_Yapp, Owner at The Intan, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are always setting high standards for ourselves to meet our MOST difficult clients! And pre schoolers are def a group that push us to the test! We are glad to know that the children had a great time and that you found The Intan...More

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Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

The Intan is a truly unique museum! Alvin, the owner of the museum also lives here with his family. Started at the age of 7, Alvin became passionate about leaning his Peranakan (this unique culture started about 200 years ago when the Chinese men married...More

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Alvin_Yapp, Owner at The Intan, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2018

It is not everyday that we receive such a heartwarming tripadvisor review. You almost sound like you did a 101 graduate course on Peranakan culture! As the group consisted of Chinese, Japanese and Canadians, we try our best to make everyone feel as comfortable as...More

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Reviewed 28 May 2018

The Intan is a peculiar experience. Although a "museum" in technicalities, it does away with the distance of observing artefacts behind a glass and invites you to actually inhabit the space of a Peranakan household. Alvin's passion for all things Peranakan was infectious, and his...More

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Alvin_Yapp, Owner at The Intan, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2018

The INtan is a private and independent museum, and also the residence of the found of The Intan! As a small museum, our visits are more personal and exclusive. Hence it is always important to make an appointment before visiting The Intan! You can write...More

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Nearby
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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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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