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Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial HallSun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (11 July, 2011)

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall 孙中山南洋纪念馆 (GPS: 1.32786, 103.84678) is a double-storey bungalow commemorating Dr Sun Yat Sen in Singapore. Located at 12 Tai Gin Road, next to the Burmese Buddhist Temple, it is also known as Wan Qing Yuan (晚晴园), and was formerly called Sun Yat Sen Villa (孙中山故).

The Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall is believed to have been built in 1889 by businessman Boey Chuan Poh to house his mistress Bin Chan. It was originally known as Bin Chan House.

In 1905 the house was bought over by Teochew rubber magnate Teo Eng Hock (great-granduncle of Singapore Deputy Prime Minister cum Minister of Defence Teo Chee Hean) for the use of his elderly mother, Madam Tan Poh Neo. A supporter of the Chinese Revolution, Teo Eng Hock later allowed it to be used as the Singapore branch of the Tong Meng Hui, or Chinese Revolutionary Alliance.

Teo Eng Hock suffered a downturn in his business after the First World War, and he was forced to sell off the bungalow. A group of leading Chinese businessmen, including philanthropist Lee Kong Chian, banded together to save the property. They bought it in 1937 with the intention of preserving it for posterity.

During the Second World War, the Japanese occupational forced used it as a communications hub. Later on, in the 1950s, it came under the charge of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which was instrumental in preserving it for its historical value, and subsequently renaming it the Sun Yat Sen Villa.

The Sun Yat Sen Villa underwent a S$7.5 million restoration in 1997, and when it reopened in November 2001, it was renamed the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. The building houses a collection of paintings, calligraphy works and sculptures related to the revolutionary movement in China.

On the front compound is a seated statue of Dr Sun Yat Sen. Also located within the compound are other statues, particularly of Dr Sun's followers who were martyred. A highlight of the memorial hall is a 60-meter bronze mural depicting various scenes involving the history of the Chinese in Singapore.

The Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall underwent another redevelopment work on 11 October 2010, and was reopened on 8 October 2011 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1911 Chinese Revolution.

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial HallSun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (11 July, 2011)

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial HallSun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (11 July, 2011)

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial HallSide view of Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (11 July, 2011)

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial HallStatue of Dr Sun Yat Sen (11 July, 2011)

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial HallRenovation in progress at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (11 July, 2011)

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Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (Jul 2016)

Getting there

Take the North South Line to the Toa Payoh MRT Station. From there, it is possible to walk (as I did), or you can take bus 139 or 145. See map provided.

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