Thursday, June 12, 2014

VISITING THE FOUNDING FATHER OF CHINA!

A few weeks ago, the three of us made a last minute impromptu trip to Dr Sun Yat Sen's Memorial Hall and hence, we were really dressed-down and I promise it wasn't intentional. Papa was actually driving along Balestier Road and suddenly, he saw a road-sign pointing right to "Sun Yet Sen Memorial Hall" and asked, "Should I turn right and take a look at the place?" And I replied, "Oh Okay." And a minute later, we found ourselves at the beautiful Memorial Hall. Haha ;)

Some facts about Dr Sun's Memorial Hall:

"The Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall also known as Wan Qing Yuan, and formerly as Sun Yat Sen Villa is a two-storey colonial style villa in Balestier, Singapore. The villa is now a museum commemorating Sun Yat-sen, the founding father of the Republic of China, who visited Singapore nine times between 1900 and 1911.

Located at 12 Tai Gin Road in Balestier, the villa occupies an area of approximately 3,120 square metres and played a crucial role in the 1911 Xinhai Revolution by serving as the Tongmenghui's base in Nanyang (Southeast Asia) in the early 20th century. The villa is now home to a collection of close to 400 artefacts, including calligraphy works, photographs, old books, paintings, sculptures & etc., all spread over the five galleries in two levels. The villa is redecorated in the style of an old Peranakan house and has 180 new artefacts added."

The beautiful villa
and the beautiful carvings outside the villa.

There's an 8 month baby bump hiding in there! ;)

Statute of the man himself
Presenting to you the beautiful Villa of Dr Sun Yat Sen.
:)


Happy candid photo of Shayne and me
He was so fascinated by the old train
Dr Sun and his wife


A few vintage books

Many newspaper articles on Dr Sun and his contributions to society

Photos of life in the early 20th century


An old graduate certificate of Chinese High School.
After about an hour of touring the museum, it was time for us to leave as we had to head home for dinner. Nonetheless, it was a good way to spend our afternoon and we might even return soon (since it's free of charge anyway!). If you're staying at or near Balestier, it's definitely a place that you should check out to learn more about the founding father of China, Dr Sun, and his contributions towards China and the rest of Asia. :)

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