Indian Heritage Centre, Singapore

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Embodying the vision of the Indian Heritage Centre (IHC), the four-storey IHC building is an iconic, unique and sustainable building that blends both traditional Indian as well as modern architectural elements. The architectural design for the facade of the IHC is inspired by the “Baoli” (or Indian stepwell), and seeks to create an urban forum for the celebration and appreciation of Indian culture.

The IHC’s permanent gallery storyline revolves around five themes arranged chronologically to span the time period from the 1st century CE to the 21st century.

The themes present, through artefact and interactive displays, the long history of interactions between South and Southeast Asia as well as the experiences of South Asians in Southeast Asia (especially Malaya); and Singapore in particular. They narrate the history of the migrant community and their contributions to Singapore.

The diversity and multi-faceted nature of Indian culture is also captured in the use of a translucent shimmering façade to create an impression of the IHC as a “shining jewel” in the day, and the transformation of the IHC into a “glowing lantern” of the Indian community with the lighting of the colourful façade mural at night.

In addition, programmes and special exhibitions are also periodically held at the Centre.

Permanent collections: the IHC’s permanent galleries display over 440 artifacts from Singapore’s National Collection and the local Indian community.

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