The Malays were the first inhabitants of Singapore even before the Chinese or Indians. In the 1840s the Geylang became their society subsequent to isolation of the Malay floating village located at the Singapore River’s mouth. Along with the mass entry of the Indonesians and the Malaysians, a number of wealthy Arabs assembled at the Geylang.
In the beginning of the 1820s, the Malay population of Kampong Glam got shifted in large numbers to Geylang Serai due to the stiff competition \for land at Kampojng Glam. The influence of Malay is still very strong at Geyalang Serai.This can be seen in all types of customs and tradition. You will see lots of Malay cuisine in many restaurants. The arts and crafts have Malay influence.
The Malay village is present in the central part of the Geylang Serai. This displays a multicolored Malay community. Experience living in the village community “Kampung days”. This portrays conventional Malay lifestyle in the 1950s and 60s. And 60s. You can also experience conventional Malay arts and crafts which comprises of batik painting, kite making, and the Kampong games like top spinning.
The cultural museum displays a charming compilation of artifacts like musical instruments, weaving tool and a broad, exhibit of conventional Malay wedding. The wedding is complete with hand sewn garments. accessories and a bridal chamber. The other Malay village attractions comprises of .Hall of fame, Muslim show case, Geylang serai corner. All these places give an insight into lives of the Singapore Malaysians.
You should not miss the everyday cultural presentation at 6.30 pm and 8 pm. daily you can catch them at the sea food restaurent and Restoran Temenggung.
The Malay Village, is opened from daily from 10am – 10pm
It is Located at 39 Geylang Serai, Geylang Serai Malay Village, Singapore 409227
Tel: (65) 6748 4700
Fax: (65) 6741 7794
For entry to the village there is no admission fee. (However you need to pay extra charges for the two places, Kampung Days and the Cultural Museum: SGD 5 adults and SGD 3 children)
Reaching there: You need to take the MRT to Paya Lebar Station (EW8) and then stroll in the direction of Geylang Road.