Heritage hunting in Singapore

Singapore is on the hunt for its first Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) item for Unesco's ICH Representative List. An inventory is being pieced together by the National Heritage Board and will be released in batches for the public to weigh in and contribute their suggestions. Heritage and Community Correspondent Melody Zaccheus looks at different forms of ICH under the five domains defined by Unesco.

The houses that Mr Tan Ah Hock builds by hand usually feature elaborately decorated roofs and grand porches. But these magnificent-looking homes are actually offerings that are burned for the dead.

Mr Tan, 65, has been assembling these paper houses since he was nine. It is a craft he picked up from his father, who in turn learnt it from his own father.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 31, 2018, with the headline 'Heritage hunting in S'pore'. Print Edition | Subscribe