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Kong Chow Wui Koon

地址: 321 New Bridge Road Singapore 088758
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Kong Chow Wui Koon Cultural Centre

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The Kong Chow Wui Koon (KCWK) located in Kreta Ayer is one of the oldest Chinese clan associations in Singapore. It was founded in 1840 by Xinhui clansmen who came from Guangdong's Pearl River Delta. The KCWK has since its inception stressed the importance of culture and heritage in building a cohesive society. Hence, it has long opened its door to many talented and enthusiastic non-Xinhui clansmen taking part in its active cultural activities, promoting Cantonese opera, Chinese martial arts, acrobatic cycling, lion and dragon dances. The founding of the Kong Chow Wui Koon Cultural Centre (The Centre) is another move along this direction. The Kong Chow “Live” Museum is supported by National Heritage Board's Heritage Industry Incentive Programme (Hi2P), a co-funding scheme that aims to seed new heritage ventures and projects.

The Centre will be educational, informative and entertaining. It aims to be an educational centre to showcase the culture and heritage of Xinhui clansmen in Singapore. The story of the clansmen from Xinhui in Singapore is an integral part of the Singapore Story. It reflects the process how the Xinhui clansmen as immigrants have integrated into a Singapore Chinese society as well as into a multi-racial and multi-cultural Singapore nation. The Centre will relate the story of Xinhui clansmen, their culture and heritage, in the context of nation-building. Thus, it has a strong national education element. The Centre can then be an educational vehicle to inculcate the spirit of harmony, tolerance and collaboration in a multi-cultural society and nation among young Singaporeans especially the students, new citizens and new immigrants of all ethnicity.

The Centre housed in the historical KCWK Building in New Bridge Road consists of  4 galleries. Xinhui Clan History Gallery on the ground floor  traces the ancestral roots and migration of the Xinhui people in China's Guangdong province to Singapore and their social, cultural and economic life in Singapore, and highlights the role of the KCWK in caring for its fellow clansmen, preserving and promoting Chinese traditional culture, as well as its contributions towards nation-building. The gallery will also feature the story of the  illustrious family businesses of the Xinhui pioneer entrepreneurs Zhu You Lan and Lo Kee Seng of Market Street who once dominated the trade of  tobacco, groceries, local products and soybean sauce from Guangzhou to Southeast Asia in the mid-19th century till the 1960s.

Cantonese Opera Gallery on the 2nd floor brings visitors into the intriguing world of Cantonese opera seen through KCWK's efforts in preserving and promoting Cantonese opera in Singapore.  Most of the plots of Cantonese opera are based on Chinese history.   It teaches and promotes Chinese cultural values and Confucian ethics (like loyalty, filial piety,  faithfulness and righteousness) through touching stories about the love, hatred, sorrow, joy, partings and reunion of the heroes and heroines. These values are essential to fostering students' moral character and human bonding in multi-racial communities.

In the Kungfu Hall on the 3rd floor, you will experience the glamorous heritage of  Kong Chow traditional martial arts, lion and dragon dances. Here you will also see the unique display of the most comprehensive collection of  Southern Lion heads in Singapore. Learning kungfu, lion and dragon dances strengthens physical fitness and self-cultivation, and fosters self-confidence, tolerance and respect for kungfu masters, teachers and elders.

4th floor houses the Folk Culture Gallery which features acrobatic cycling and Xinhui people's religious belief and practice in worshipping Lord Guan.

Each floor of the KCWK Cultural Centre has its unique cultural characteristics, featuring artefacts and graphic displays, multimedia kiosk as well as dynamic show of traditional Kong Chow martial arts, lion and dragon dances, and Cantonese opera, as well as  interactive hands-on activities. The visitors will be guided by voluntary Gallery Guides.  This lively Cultural Centre will let visitors feel the past comes alive amid on-going activities of the clan association and its robust traditional cultural events. Here visitors will be immersed in an enormous Cantonese cultural atmosphere. 

The Centre will develop outreach and public education programmes through establishing close partnership with schools, Ministry of Education, National Heritage Board, Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations (SFCCA), Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI), organizations of new citizens/immigrants, People's Association/Community clubs, and Singapore Tourism Board.

The Centre is opened since July 2013.  Admission is free.  Scheduled group visits by students and other groups could be arranged.  A counter on the ground floor will display and sell unique souvenirs and local products of Xinhui. 

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