Profile On Nei Xue Tang - A Buddhist Art Museum
About Our Museum
Nei Xue Tang is the 1st museum approved and operated under a special House Museum
Scheme set up by the Singapore Authorities. This Scheme basically permits
prominent collectors in Singapore to display their private collections in their
homes for public viewing.
Nei Xue Tang has the support of the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board,
Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority (“URA”) and National Heritage Board of
Singapore. The prestigious Patron of the Art Award was given by Singapore
National Art Council in connection with this Museum.
Nei Xue Tang Collection is displayed at No. 235 Cantonment Road, Singapore
089766. This is a four-storey pre-war premises with a very charming Peranakan
and Greco-Roman façade. Inside this Museum, there are many special and
interesting features about the premises. URA have specially conserved the said
premises for heritage and architectural reasons. By visiting this Museum, not
only could visitors enjoy the exhibits, they could also view and enjoy a piece
of impressive architectural heritage of Singapore.
Visitors can also experience a sense of peace, contentment and happiness by
viewing the many beautiful exhibits in this Museum. They can learn much about
the arts, cultures, traditions and beliefs of the people in this part of Asia.
It is for this reason that the Museum is given the name “Nei Xue Tang” which in
Chinese means "Hall Of Inner Learning".
About Our Collection
Our collection showcases significant Buddhist artefacts, relics, antiquities
and works of art coming as far east from Japan to as far west to Gandhara and
as far north from China to as far south to Indonesia. The items collected for
display are of different medium and there are gold, silver, bronze, stone,
horns, jade, crystal and others. They were carefully collected over 35 years
and from good provenance and acquired through established and important auction
Our collection is strong in Chinese and South East Asian Buddhist works of art
particularly from Thailand and Cambodia. There are on display rare and major
bronze and stone statues. There is also on display a large collection of
Buddhist amulets, talismans and relics which will be of interest to visitors.
The amulets and talismans do play a significant part in everyday Buddhist
practice and beliefs and they are also interesting works of art greatly reduced
A significant part of Tan Swie Hian's Buddhist works of art in calligraphy, oil
and Chinese ink on rice paper also form part of this Collection. He is the
national treasure of Singapore and he has won many international awards and
acclaim (latest being the Crystal Award from the World Economic Forum and the
Officer of the Order of Legion of Honour from France).
Nei Xue Tang has been visited by many foreign diplomats, dignitaries and
prominent Buddhist Masters and persons including the President and Ministers of
Singapore; the then Queen and the Prince and Princess of Bhutan; the ex-King of
Mongolia; His Eminence Maha Bodhitataung of Myanmar; Acting Chief Abbot of Wat
Rakang, Thailand and many Ambassadors.