Jackie Chan donates 6 historic houses to Singapore

By Nikki De Guzman:

Following ten years of failed preservation talks with Hong Kong officials, action film superstar Jackie Chan donated his last six historic Chinese sandalwood houses to Singapore University of Technology and Design, according to media reports.

The houses form part of his collection of 10 historic Chinese sandalwood houses, which he bought in Anhui province in the 1990s. Around 200 and 400 years old, the houses include a stage as well as a pavilion built in traditional Hui-style architecture.

In 2009, Chan donated four of his collection to the city-state, which in turn gave them to the Singapore University of Technology and Design. Chan decided to donate the remaining houses after being impressed by the preservation made by the university to the first four houses.

"These historical buildings are the essence of traditional Chinese architecture and I think it's such a waste if they're not displayed for people to appreciate," said Chan in a post on his official website.

"Ten years ago, I wanted to donate these buildings to the Hong Kong government so they could be displayed to the public," he said. "But after several years of discussions, and for whatever the reasons may be, we still haven't come up with any results."

Meanwhile, the Singaporean government were quick to accommodate the houses and a deal was made to showcase them on the new campus of the university. The campus set to be opened in 2015.

Stephen Chan Chit-kwai, a member of Hong Kong's Antiquities Advisory Board, says he regrets that the city missed such opportunity. He believed that "the buildings should stay in their original locations," and adds that "an old building will lose its cultural and historical significance if it is moved away from its original location."

Nikki De Guzman, Junior Reporter at PropertyGuru, wrote this story. To contact her about this or other stories email nikki@allproperty.com.sg

Related Stories:

Foreign firms eyeing high speed rail link

S'pore to be more age, disabled-friendly

Allow younger singles to buy flats, says billionaire

More from PropertyGuru:
Foreign firms eyeing high speed rail link
S'pore to be more age, disabled-friendly
Allow younger singles to buy flats, says billionaire
Agents' anger at 'we don't pay GST' claim

  • 2015 Chevrolet Trax small SUV rolls back to America 5 hours ago
    2015 Chevrolet Trax small SUV rolls back to America

    For the past two years, car shoppers from Acapulco to Winnipeg could wander into their Chevy dealers and kick the tires on a city-sized sport utility vehicle named the Trax — and about 90,000 have done so. Today, Chevy revealed the version of the Trax it will bring to the United States, for those less well-heeled buyers who want the shape of an SUV without the window sticker they usually carry.

  • Ford Transit Skyliner concept revives the ultra-luxury van 8 hours ago
    Ford Transit Skyliner concept revives the ultra-luxury van

    “Once you do stand-up, you don’t want to go back.” No, we’re not talking about comedy, but rather an emerging trend in luxury transport that’s bringing us ever taller, more capacious, more pimpdillyicious limousines. The quote came from a Ford designer, Tim Stoehr, predicting an increase in interest in limos based on big vans like the new Transit. Of course, these are nothing new; up-fitters have taken quite kindly to the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, and apparently Ford is chomping at the bit to get in on the action, too. So Ford enlisted the help of the largest Ford dealer in the world, Galpin Auto Sports in Van Nuys, Calif., to help design and build its first super-lux Transit concept, dubbed the Skyliner.

  • Driving the 2016 BMW X5 eDrive, the plugged-in SUV 13 hours ago
    Driving the 2016 BMW X5 eDrive, the plugged-in SUV

    Automakers worldwide have gradually (some would say grudgingly) attempted to make their high-profit and highly popular SUVs as efficient and clean-running as their lower weight passenger cars — namely through the grafting of a plug-in hybrid system.

  • Amazon to release smartphone later this year: report
    Amazon to release smartphone later this year: report

    Amazon is preparing to release a smartphone in the second half of 2014, thrusting itself into a market already crowded with Apple and Samsung models, The Wall Street Journal reported. The company aims to announce its new product by the end of June and ship to customers by the end of September in time for the holidays, the Journal said in a Friday report, citing unnamed people briefed on the matter. Amazon, it said, hopes to differentiate its phone from other models with a screen that displays hologram-like three-dimensional images, which can be viewed without special glasses. Earlier this month the retailer unveiled a new media streaming device, Amazon Fire TV, which it touted as simplifying the experience of watching video online.

  • Malaysia flight's co-pilot tried to make cellphone call - report
    Malaysia flight's co-pilot tried to make cellphone call - report

    Investigators probing the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 suspect that the co-pilot of the jetliner tried to make a call with his cellphone after the plane was diverted from its scheduled route, Malaysia's New Straits Times reported sources as saying on Saturday. The newspaper cited unidentified investigative sources as saying the attempted call from co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid's phone was picked up by a cellphone tower as the plane was about 200 nautical miles northwest of the west coast state of Penang.