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Tan Beng Swee Clock Tower, Malacca




Tan Beng Swee ClocktowerTan Beng Swee Clocktower (9 July, 2005)





The Tan Beng Swee Clock Tower (GPS: 2.19434, 102.2489) is a clock tower in Malacca built by the third generation of a Chinese philantrophic millionaire family. Although named after Tan Beng Swee, it was in fact built by his son Tan Jiak Kim, to fulfill his father's wish. Tan Beng Swee, was the son of Tan Kim Seng who donated both the bridge adjacent to the clocktower and land for the Chinese cemetery.

Tan Jiak Kim BellTan Jiak Kim Bell (19 July, 2009)


The above is the original bell for the Tan Beng Swee Clock Tower which was donated by his son Tan Jiak Kim in 1886. It is part of the clock that he ordered from Smith & Sons Clockmakers of London.

In 1982, that clock was replaced by a Seiko, causing an uproar among the senior citizens of Malacca who still recall the harsh treatment they suffered under Japan Occupation.

Tan Beng Swee ClocktowerThe Tan Beng Swee Clocktower occupies a prominent position in Dutch Square (9 July, 2005)

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Tan Beng Swee Clocktower is on the map of Malacca

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