Singapore is a popular destination for women. It is very attractive as a tourist city because you can experience both the vibrant urban city life where new futuristic spots are being created one after another and the diverse culture that has been nurtured in a multi-ethnic country. This time, we will explain the historical background and highlights of Singapore tourism under the theme of "Peranakans culture", the origin of Peranakans miscellaneous goods popular with women.
[What is Peranakans culture?]
Speaking of Peranakans, kitsch miscellaneous goods are famous. Pastel-colored miscellaneous goods such as pink, blue, and green seem to bring adult women back to their childhood. Many people will be picked up as souvenir candidates for sightseeing in Singapore.
In the first place, "Peranakans" refers to the descendants of Chinese people who emigrated to Singapore and Malaysia in the latter half of the 15th century and local Malay women. They have cultivated their own lifestyle by adding the essence of European culture to Chinese and Malay culture. During the British colonial era, many Peranakans learned English and English manners and succeeded as millionaires, and their financial resources refined their culture. As an exotic culture that mixes East and West cultures, it remains strong in this era and is entertaining tourists.
The "Katon Area" is located about 20 minutes by taxi from the Orchard area and about 10 minutes on foot from Paya Lebar Subway Station. It is also the land of wealthy Peranakans and immigrants from Europe, and is a typical area where you can experience Peranakans culture. If you want to experience Peranakans culture together, we recommend sightseeing in the Katong area. While strolling through the streets of Peranakans architecture with a nostalgic mood, enjoy Peranakan cuisine at lunchtime and enjoy kitsch Peranakans miscellaneous goods shopping ... It is an area where you can fully enjoy such a day.
Peranakans architecture is generally called a "shophouse", with a store on the first floor and a residence on the second floor. The building, which is colored in gorgeous pastel colors such as pink, blue and yellow, incorporates elements of Western architecture and is decorated with armored windows and elegant columns. The area around Joo Chiat Road in the Katong area is famous, but Peranakans architecture still remains in other areas such as Emerald Hill in the Orchard area, and it blends into the cityscape. It is a wonderful group of buildings that you can fully enjoy just by taking a walk.
Peranakans called men "Baba" and women "Nyonya". Peranakans is a Peranakan dish that combines Chinese and Malaysian cuisine. It is made using various techniques that bring out a spicy yet deep taste, and it seems that the image of "Nyonya style" in Singapore is firmly established as a high-grade dish. A typical menu is "Laksa". It is a noodle dish that can be eaten at food stalls, but it was originally derived from Peranakan cuisine. A thick noodle soup with a characteristic coconut milk-based spicy and sour soup. Cafes and restaurants that you can easily enjoy are scattered throughout the Katong area, so you'll want to try it once during your stay.
The embroidery that is often seen in Peranakans miscellaneous goods, which is popular as a souvenir, is said to have been inherited as a bride training for Nyonya and others. If you know the historical background of culture, you can see the combination of Chinese culture and European design, even if it is a miscellaneous item.
On your next trip to Singapore, why not take a trip to explore Peranakans culture while thinking about the history of Peranakans? A nostalgic space may free you from your busy days.