Singapore Historic Building 101: Gedung Kuning

Venue: Singapore

Location: Singapore, Singapore

Event Date/Time: May 16, 2009
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By: National Library Singapore & Singapore Heritage Society

Merchants and households of the Malay Sultanate once dominated the area. Kampong Glam as it is known today was once home to Malay aristocracy even before British colonisation of Singapore. It also housed the famous 'Yellow Mansion' - a symbol of Malay aristocracy.Very little is known of Gedung Kuning or the Yellow Mansion at No. 73 Sultan Gate. Once a stately residence for a Bendahara or Prime Minister, Gedung Kuning was, from 1912 to 1999, home to the family of Haji Yusoff ‘Tali Pinggang’ or Haji Yusoff the Belt Merchant. Haji Yusoff, patriarch of Gedung Kuning was a respected merchant who toiled at his business and was recognised as one of the great pioneers in the Malay community.

Gedung Kuning withstood the test of time and saw how the Malay communities in Kampong Glam evolved. It also witnessed the seasons of Haji Yusoff’s family through four generations and its gate welcomed the poor who came to ask for alms. Even to the very last day when the family moved out, Gedung Kuning stood proud befitting its royal colour and stature.

Singapore Historic Building 101: Gedung Kuning gives you a glimpse of Malay aristocracy and trading that once flourished in Kampong Glam. Hear an insider’s views and experiences of growing up in the ‘Yellow Mansion’ at No. 73 Sultan Gate, by Hidayah Amin, one of Haji Yusoff’s great-granddaughters as she revisits her childhood home, taking you beyond the gate guarded by stone eagles, through rooms with big mirrors and marble floors and shares interesting anecdotes growing up in Gedung Kuning, the legacy of a Malay family in Singapore. She will be joined by Mr Kwa Chong Guan who will also share on the local Malay Sultanate history of Kampong Glam.

This forum-styled programme also serves as an engaging and interactive platform between domain experts of the respective subjects with the audience.

Admission is free. However due to limited seats, registration is required and can be made via (Surf on to ‘Heritage’ to reserve your seat) Alternative, you may register via the ekiosks available at all libraries.

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