Villagers in Lee Kuan Yew’s ancestral home in south China’s Guangdong province are also paying their respects

This looks a little unusual but it's legit.

By Belmont Lay | March 27, 2015

Long before your time, in the southern province of China, lay a brick and wood residence.

This home with grey tiled roof and ink paintings on the walls was built by Lee Kuan Yew’s great-grandfather in 1848.

Since Lee Kuan Yew’s passing on March 23, 2015, local villagers surrounding this ancestral home of Singapore’s late founding prime minister have been paying their respects and mourning his demise.

In recent days, there has also been plans by the local authorities there to turn Lee’s ancestral home into a tourist attraction.

Xinhua news reports:

A village over 500 kilometers from the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou that nestles in mountains is attracting visitors in search of a glimpse into the life of late Singapore leader Lee Kuan Yew.

A brick and wood residence, located in Dabu County under the city of Meizhou in Guangdong Province, constructed in the traditional Chinese style, with a grey tiled roof and ink paintings on the walls, is the ancestral home of the late leader. It was built in 1884 by his great-grandfather who was born in Dabu in 1848.

Since Lee Kuan Yew’s death, many memorials have been organized by local villagers. Evidence of these private events can be seen in the house’s main hall — on the wall is a portrait of Lee during his time as a student in Britain, and candy and rice wine have been left on a square table.

Apart from the villagers, China has also paid tribute to Lee.

Want China Times wrote:

China on Monday mourned the death of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s founding father, calling him a statesman of unique influence in Asia.

Lee was a strategist with both oriental values and international vision, foreign ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said in a written statement.

 

Articles you may like:

Ambassador Bilahari pays tribute to Lee Kuan Yew: ‘What was created by human endeavour must be maintained by human endeavour’

Frenemy & former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad pays tribute to Lee Kuan Yew

Ambassador Bilahari tackles General Paper essay question: “Singapore is a small state located in Southeast Asia”

Today newspaper apologises for misrepresenting Low Thia Khiang’s tribute to LKY in Parliament

The Straits Times censors Minister Chan Chun Sing’s ‘tikam’ & ‘enjoy a windfall’ quotes about [email protected]

Media secretly changes misleading headlines after they drew ire from Nicole Seah and other S’poreans online

Update: Business Times changed its headline from ‘chinks’ to ‘cracks’

Did The Straits Times’ celebrated senior reporter foul up with his North Korean execution by dogs story?

Channel News Asia secretly deletes article after Senior Minister of State Josephine Teo skewered online for NSmen comments

 

Top photo via

If you like what you read, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest updates.

About Belmont Lay

Belmont can pronounce "tchotchke".

Morning Commute

Interesting stories to discuss with your colleagues in office later

Close