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Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Singapore
(4.4/5 based on 40 reviews on the web)
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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  • The Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall is tucked away in a quiet suburban area of Singapore and is well worth visiting for a few hours. For anyone that may not be familiar with the Chinese revolution, ...  more »
  • In Kanji "Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall" at Sun Mountain Nanyang Memorial Hall, in English. I went on the route through the Park and get off in front of the Zhongshan Park (Zhongshan Park) city bus Belestier Road, because it was within walking distance from the Metro station, distance and in its own way was. Even though Park in the green scale of the buildings, is not vast. Admission is $ 4. The first resident of Singapore was asked if he, "no tourists came from Japan" and answered. Is wondering what interaction I later heard, understood, but residents free admission! But that night great House historic buildings inside the advantage, and would have needed some time to ensure reasonably and ensure the comfortable and spacious exhibition space, slow look at each corner, to go around. Bathroom was very clean as an aside.
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  • Went down to the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (Wan Qing Yuan) on 15/05/16. Beautiful grounds, and a very immersive experience about the trials and tribulations the revolutionaries had to go throu...  more »
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  • Although there is nothing earth-shattering about the physical landmark, the historical significance of the house is overwhelming. For millennia (thousands of years), China had never had a taste of political rule beyond the feudal system. It was dynasty after dynasty of rule. This small bungalow was the hot-bed of a China start-up that cause disruptive political innovation into China and eventually brought democratic rule to Taiwan. Just by seeing this small building allows you to understand how the largest and most pivotal ideas germinate from the smallest of places.
  • Beautiful, cosy space with very well-designed exhibits. Has regular community activities.
  • Lots of information about his work of revolution of from the old Qing dynasty of China
  • It is a trip worth making to help understand and appreciate our Sg's place in the world, especially for citizens with ancestors who were immigrants from China.
  • It's a good learning experience, but I wouldn't go there again. The staff were very friendly and helpful, but the atmosphere did not do much for the whole experience (for me anyway). I would highly encourage the guided tours as the docents are very engaging and give very interesting additional information.