The Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall is a must-see for anyone curious about Dr Sun Yat Sen and his links with Singapore in the early 20th century.

Honouring a hero
Exhibits at Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall

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Set in a colonial two-storey villa, the museum honours Dr Sun, who was the leader of the 1911 Chinese Revolution and a pivotal figure in Chinese and Southeast Asian history.

Housed in the same stronghold of the Chinese Revolutionary Alliance, the museum zeroes in on Dr Sun’s work and impact on Chinese communities in the region during the revolution.

The alliance, known as Tong Meng Hui, was influential throughout Southeast Asia and paved the way for the end of the Qing dynastic rule.

Close friendships
Exhibits at Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall

Take your time to explore the five galleries, filled with interactive panels and multimedia displays. Old photos, personal items and letters from prominent community leaders peek at their relationship with Dr Sun.

Other galleries showcase revolutionary propaganda, a re-creation of Dr Sun’s study room, and even satirical cartoons. They also look at the impact of the revolution and the rise of Chinese schools, literature, print media and economic activities.

The free daily guided tours are a good option. After visiting the museum, stroll in the pretty gardens of Zhongshan Park, or wander through the Balestier precinct and sample its excellent local hawker fare and restaurants.

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