Uyghur Cultural Centre

The Uyghur Cultural Centre was completed and opened in May 2010.

The Uyghur Cultural Centre in Kashgar seeks to promote a better understanding and appreciation of the rich Uighur culture by bringing visitors through a journey of the Uighur history, geography and folk customs.

The centre explores the unique culture of the Uyghur communities that are largely based in Xinjiang, northwestern China. Installed in the former traditional Uyghur mud house, this cultural centre documents the Uyghur cultural traditions through 5 different aspects: Festivals, Music and Dance, Food, Literature and Fashion. The centre is furnished with comprehensive collections of traditional Uyghur objects used to show case the colourful Uyghur culture.

The Kashgar Uyghur Cultural Centre provides a stimulating and educational experience for all, while representing the living culture of the Uighur community in the region.

Festivals

This gallery features two of the most important life celebrations of the Uighur culture; the Wedding and birth. Furnished to replicate a typical Uighur household, visitors get the opportunity to learn about the various traditions that Uighurs practice on these important occasions through looking at the collections and studying the intricacies of the objects, such as the traditional wedding dress, wedding chest and baby cot.

Music and Dance

(Photo Credit: Chua Chengyuan)

Music plays an integral role in the Uighur culture. The cultural centre documents famous Uighur dances (Usul and Sama) and traditional dance postures, through a mosaic of 49 pictures skillfully detailing its meaningful history. Five traditional music instruments, namely the Dutar, Tambur, Rawap, Khushtar and Dap are also on display in the cultural centre.

Food

(photo Credit: Yeo Wee Peng)

The traditional Uighur cuisine contains heavy Persian, Indian and Chinese influences. This gallery provides information about the different dishes of the Uighur cuisine and showcase traditional kitchenware, such as a traditional stove, Naan-making tools used in the making of these popular cuisine.

Literature

(Photo Credit: Chua Chengyuan)

The literature gallery showcases popular classics from four influential Uighur scholars, Mahmud Kashgari, Abdul Hamid, Abduhaliq Uyghur and their works.

Fashion

(Photo Credit: Chua Chengyuan)

A collection of traditional Uighur costumes are displayed in this gallery. The range is wide; from men’s and women’s everyday wear, traditional religious and dance hats and women accessories. The subtleties of the culture is also captured in this gallery, such as the cultural meaning behind the different designs of the hats, to the meaning behind the way a Uighur wears the hat.

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