Exhibit within the Eurasian Heritage Centre, Singapore

Photo by Joel Chua DY

Notice: Eurasian Heritage Centre’s heritage galleries are currently undergoing restoration and is closed to the public from 1 October 2018. For more information, visit here.

Ever wondered about the unique culture and heritage of the Eurasians in Singapore? Look no further. The Eurasian Heritage Centre explores their history and culture through different exhibitions at its three heritage galleries as well as cultural workshops and music performances.

Home in Katong
Exhibit within the Eurasian Heritage Centre, Singapore

Photo by Joel Chua DY

The Eurasian community is one of Singapore’s smallest, but also one of its earliest. Known for their hybrid traditions of East and West, their Asian and European origins can be traced to some of the region’s oldest colonial settlements, such as Malacca, Penang, Goa, Macau and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).

The Eurasian Heritage Centre within the Eurasian Community House lies in the heart of vibrant Katong, a neighbourhood which many Eurasians called home in the early 20th century.

Heritage, food and song
Exhibit within the Eurasian Heritage Centre, Singapore

Photo by Joel Chua DY

The Eurasian Heritage Centre is where you can discover more about the community’s most prominent personalities from sports, music and politics, and find out more about its origins, unique celebrations, language and even clothes. World War II buffs will also be intrigued by how Eurasian families lived through the Japanese Occupation.

If you have the chance, take part in a Portuguese folk-dance workshop. Ask for the classic song 'Jinkli Nona', a traditional Portuguese Malaccan folk song.

Foodies will enjoy sampling traditional Eurasian fare at the Eurasian Community House’s in-house restaurant. Try the super-spicy Devil Curry or the traditional sugee cake, a nutty cake made from semolina and almonds and topped with marzipan or icing — delicious!Foodies will enjoy sampling traditional Eurasian fare at Quentin’s the Eurasian Restaurant, located on the compound of the heritage centre. Try the super-spicy Devil Curry or the traditional sugee cake, a nutty cake made from semolina and almonds and topped with marzipan or icing.