Fong Yun Thai Chong De Tang, 1882

fyt2.jpgfyt1.jpg Founding dialect group – Hakka ; Main diety – Tua Pek Kong; status – conserved It is also known as the Sanyi Ancestral Temple. Located at Holland Lane, it was founded by the pioneers of three counties, Foong Shoon, Eng Teng and Dabu. It was renovated in 1939, 1959 and 1980 and conserved in 1997. MM Lee’s paternal grandfather’s ancestral tablet is housed here.

A notable historic relic comes in the form of a stone steele commemorating the reconstruction of the temple in 1901. The words were written by Cheong Fatt Tze (张振勋) ,the newly appointed Ambassador for the Qing government in the Straits settlements.

More info on LKY’s genealogy, see Lee Wei Ling’s article “A True-blue Singaporean’s view of China”.

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2 responses to “Fong Yun Thai Chong De Tang, 1882

  1. I know this question comes 6 years late but I would like to ask which grandfather of Mr Lee is in YFT? Isn’t his paternal grandfather Lee Hoon Leong buried at Bukit Brown?

    • @ sgculture: “which grandfather of Mr Lee is in YFT? Isn’t his paternal grandfather Lee Hoon Leong buried at Bukit Brown?”

      Some say that it is LKY’s paternal great-grandfather Lee Bok Boon (born in 1846 at Dapu, Guangdong) whose ashes are now kept at Fong Yun Thai Association Columbarium.

      As for LKY’s purported paternal grandfather Lee Hoon Leong (1871-1942) who was born in S’pore & whose tomb is still at Bukit Brown, I find it peculiar that the said tomb bears zero Peranakan, Hakka or even Dapu (Canton) features — despite LKY’s family claiming Peranakan-Hakka ancestry. Instead, it’s a totally Nanyang Hokkien-style tomb.

      And it is also very obvious that Lee Hoon Leong’s faded & lichen-covered tomb has not been visited or cleaned by kin for decades. Instead, it is periodically cleared of undergrowth by Bt Brown volunteers. During Qing Ming 2013, I also saw “consolation” oranges left at the said tomb by families who had paid respects at the graves located a few steps downhill.

      Incidentally, the below sources claim that Lee Hoon Leong was actually a Hokkien who could not speak a single word of Hakka.

      * Who is the Real Grandfather ? (Nanyang University & Beyond – 27 Jul 2010) — approximate English translation by Google

      * Why Does He Not Dare Return to Pay Respects at his Ancestral Hometown ? (Nanyang University & Beyond – 08 Sep 2011) — approximate English translation by Google

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