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Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Singapore

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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.HistoryThe villa was designed in 1900 and built in 1901 by a businessman named Boey Chuan Poh, and named Bin Chan House, a name that he also gave to a racehorse that he owned. The house was sold in 1902 to Lim Ah Liang. The building was constructed in a classical colonial style and featured ornate arched windows and doors, eaves decorated with floral patterns, and movable louvred windows.In 1905, the villa was bought by the rubber magnate Teo Eng Hock – great-granduncle of Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean – from a timber merchant for his mother, Tan Poh Neo, as a place of retirement. In July 1905, Sun Yat-sen met Teo Eng Hock, Tan Chor Lam and Lim Nee Soon through his close friend, Yau Lit, when he was on his way to Europe from Japan. In 1906, when Sun returned to Singapore, Teo offered Wan Qing Yuan for use as the Tongmenghui's headquarters in Southeast Asia. Wan Qing Yuan became the centre for the planning of numerous uprisings and fundraising activities leading to the 1911 Xinhai Revolution. Three uprisings – Chaozhou Uprising (May 1907), Zhennanguan Uprising (December 1907) and Hekou Uprising (April 1908) – were planned at Wan Qing Yuan. According to the former Singaporean Minister of Foreign Affairs, George Yeo, the flag of the Republic of China was sewn in the Sun Yat Sen Villa by Teo and his wife, Tan Sok Jee.
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  • This building sits near Balestier Road, out of the usual touristy spots. Easily accessible by buses (abt 5min walk from Zhongshan Mall). Admission fee is applicable for foreigners, adult $6 and child ...  more »
  • This museum is in a beautiful house easily accessed by MRT and bus. It tells the story of Sun Yat Sen's local supporters and the role played by Singapore in planning the Chinese Revolution. There is a...  more »
  • The museum has the stories of Sun Yat Sen and his alliance in Nanyang. A very good museum to learn Sun Yat Sen’s revolutionary efforts and his revolutionary activities in South East Asia.  more »
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  • Is a historic place. A lot of artefacts on the 1911 revolution and effects and influences in Singapore
  • It costs little for tourist to visit this place and its free for Singaporeans. Admission is only $6 for adults and $4 for kids and senior citizens. This also gives you access to free guided tours of the permanent galleries and special exhibitions conducted by Friends of the Museums (Singapore), Mandarin Docent group and Museum Volunteers group. The premise of this attraction is the story of Dr Sun Yat Sen, his revolutionary activities in the Southeast Asia (SEA), the role of the villa as his SEA headquarters and Singapore's involvement in the 1911 Chinese Revolution in Mainland China. Finding this heritage villa turned museum may not be so easy for visitors as its hidden away in the laneway of a suburb named "Balestier". I suggest taking the taxi to avoid the hassle with MRT and buses.
  • Beautiful and historical building. Very good information about SYS"s work. Must go for a guided tour!
  • A piece of Singapore that connects us to the history of the early 20th century!! It got me all interested in Sun Yat Sen. Check him out!
  • You can learn how Singapore play a part in revolting the Qing dynasty here.