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[Public Tour] Tales of the Malay World: Manuscript and Early Books Exhibition

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Sat, 20 January 2018, 1.00pm - 2.00pm | English
National Library Building
National Library of Singapore

story, malay, exhibition, tour, film, library

Fees: Free Admission

Step into the world of Malay stories – fantastical adventure tales of kings and heroes, founding myths of sultanates, and romantic poetry.

For centuries, Malay was the language of trade, diplomacy, religious discourse, and literature for maritime Southeast Asia. This exhibition explores traditional Malay literature captured in ink on paper – from handwritten manuscripts to early lithographed books.

These rarely seen items provide glimpses into the society that produced and read these literary works. Discover lesser-known stories of women authors and 19th-century lending libraries in the Malay world. Learn about the dramatic impact of printing on the manuscript tradition, and Singapore's role as the early Malay/Muslim printing hub for the region.

What kinds of stories were popular in the early Malay world? And how was the manuscript tradition different from printed books? Join our public tours to learn about these and more.

This programme is organised in conjunction with the exhibition 'Tales of the Malay World: Manuscripts and Early Books'.


Level 10, Gallery, National Library Building
Meeting Point: Level 10, Gallery entrance

Led by docents. Registration is not required.
Free admission, first-come first-served basis.

Visit for more information on the exhibition and its related programmes.


National Library Building

100 Victoria St


National Library of Singapore


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