The Indian Heritage Centre (IHC) held a ceremony in Little India on Wednesday to mark the start of its construction.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Tharman Shanmugaratnam was at the ground-breaking ceremony along with former president S R Nathan and other key supporters of the project.
When completed in 2015, the four-storey building will feature a mix of modern and traditional Indian architectural elements.
It will showcase the origins and heritage of Singapore's Indian community.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Office S Iswaran, who is also the chairman of the Heritage Centre's Steering Committee, said that the centre serves as another key place of interest where visitors can learn more about the Indian community in Singapore.
Mr Iswaran said: "It will add to our tourism infrastructure in Singapore, in the sense that will be one additional iconic location which tourists can use as a reference point when they come to Singapore to better understand our cultural milieu, and the diversity of our society."
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