The Intan
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By tour only. Charges apply.
By appointment only.
Nearest MRT - Paya Lebar/Eunos.
The Intan
Located in the old part of Singapore, Joo Chiat, known traditional for its Peranakan architecture in residential homes as well as shophouses.
Tel: 65-9338 2234

All text and photos by The Intan.
With a deep love for all things Peranakan, I have devoted my home to be a haven for the treasures of the Peranakan Culture.  And it is this love that gives me inspiration to share with you a glimpse of the yesteryears as a guest to my private residence. Come for an experiential encounter with the unique Peranakan culture. Savour home cooked Peranakan dishes... sample the varieties of Nonya desserts... learn about the history, traditions & lifestyle of the Peranakans.

Welcome to my home. Welcome to The Intan, and experience the flight of the Phoenix and the beauty of the Peony.

Being a Peranakan myself, the Peranakan culture had always been a something very dear to me. But it was more than the fine needlework or craftsmanship that captivated my fascination for the Peranakan culture. Rather, it was the astonishment and admiration at how a culture, so young and recent, was able to achieve and create a community that influenced every aspect of social life.

It was precisely this remarkable conception that inspired primary professions to design and create beautiful works of art. Pottery makers, tailors, cobblers, chefs, jewelers and carpenters were instantaneously turned into artists, drawing inspiration and combining techniques from different cultures. They experimented with different mediums and explored different styles that manifested into forms and expressions never seen before.

With this deep attraction, I started collecting little things that represented the spirit of the Peranakan culture. As time went by, my collection grew larger, more diverse and definitely more rewarding. Apart from Singapore, Malacca and Penang, some of the pieces were acquired in as far away places as India, China and even England. With every piece I acquired, I learnt something new about the culture.

The Intan dining experience is for a minimum of 8 guests and is only by appointment. It includes a personal tour of the post war house by the owner followed by an authentic Peranakan dinner prepared by the owner's mother. The entire experience takes approximately 3 hours.


Dec 2009.