The Old Tao Nan School (traditional Chinese: 舊道南學校; simplified Chinese: 旧道南学校; pinyin: Jiù Dàonán Xuéxiào) is a historic building in Singapore, located along Armenian Street in the Museum Planning Area, within the Central Area. The building was originally built for the Tao Nan School to serve the local Hokkien community, but the school has since been relocated to its current location in Marine Parade. The building was then used as a wing of the Asian Civilisations Museum, and now houses the Peranakan Museum. It was gazetted as a national monument on 27 February 1998.
Tao Nan School was set up by the Singapore Hokkien Association (Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan) on 18 November 1906 to provide modern education for Hokkien Chinese children. It was the first Chinese school in Singapore to adopt modern subjects in its syllabus such as such as geography, history and physical education, in addition to traditional Chinese subjects such as Confucian classics that would help promote and preserve Chinese culture and values. Although it was originally set up to serve the Hokkien community, it began to accept speakers of other Chinese languages in 1909, the first Chinese school to operate such inclusive policy. Lessons were initially conducted in Hokkien with some Mandarin classes, but English lessons were also introduced in 1914. In 1916, the school became the first Chinese school in Singapore switched its medium of education from Hokkien to Mandarin.
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|Friday||10:00 AM – 9:00 PM|
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|Sunday||10:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
Rachel Cohen | Apr 30, 2018
What a great hidden gem! The museum is very informative about a culture that is so important to Malaysia. They have an amazing collection of porcelain wares. We also really enjoyed learning about the Peranakan 12 day (!!) weddings! They also talk about different significant lifetime events. While somewhat small, it packs a lot in there! Highly recommend!
Dark Master | Jun 24, 2018
Learnt more about peranakan culture and their history. There was an open house on the day i went which had many activities for people to try out. Its not as popular as other museum. This museum also kept the historical look of older buildings which looks very appealing and yet relaxing at the time. I am a person which has interest in architecture. Really amazes me that the museum is still looking very new
Petros Bleyan | May 22, 2018
It was really interesting to learn about the Peranakan culture in Singapore and it's history. The museum has a huge collection of old photographs and interactive components for learning more about cameras. The staff is super helpful and caring about your feedback.
Duke Jing Sheng | May 2, 2018
This place is the perfect place to know more about the history and origin of Peranakan in Singapore. It has good static display with clear description. A section of the museum was under maintenance when I was there.
Gerhard Mayer | Jun 29, 2018
Awesome place to visit. Even the building having been a school in the past is worth seeing.
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