Babah – Nyonya, a term that might not ring a familiar sound to most, describe the acculturation of culture resulted from mixed marriage between young men from China and women from Indonesia. Their descendants are now known as Peranakan. The Babah – Nyonya culture began around more than four centuries ago, when the young Chinese left their homeland in search of a more prosperous life in Southeast Asia. Over time, an acculturation was formed through marriages, creating a whole new culture that is a blend of local culture and Chinese culture, with some influences from western culture. Unfortunately, in the 1950s, many Peranakan houses and furniture were demolished along with the dissaperance of Peranakan lifestyle.
These stories on the eccentric lives of the Babah and Nyonya and their Peranakan culture, inspired one of Hotel Tugu Malang’s thematic rooms; the Babah Room. The room’s atmosphere is built with influences from Chinese straits culture in the 1930s. The room is decorated with displays of Wayang Potehi, an old Chinese puppet; a collection of photos of the Babah-Nyonya (Peranakan) family who once lived in Java, as well as special tableware used during that era.
The Babah Room can be used to hold private events such as meetings, family events, birthdays, gatherings, or reunion. Guests who wants to learn more on the Peranakan culture are encouraged to take the Hotel Antique Tour , that does not only show the room but a thorough journey to every nook and corners of Hotel Tugu Malang, filled with valueable art objects.
Guests can directly contact Hotel Tugu Malang at (+62341) 363891 to reserve the tour, or walk in and approach the receptionist to request. Can be enjoyed by both individuals and groups, it is a pleasurable way to spend time immersed in art and culture.