Date
12 December 2017
Tourists pose in front of a bronze statue of the late kung fu legend Bruce Lee on the Kowloon waterfront. A museum dedicated to the actor might be built on the site of the former Tai Hom village. Photo: Reuters
Tourists pose in front of a bronze statue of the late kung fu legend Bruce Lee on the Kowloon waterfront. A museum dedicated to the actor might be built on the site of the former Tai Hom village. Photo: Reuters

Tai Hom tagged to preserve Bruce Lee memory

The site of what used to be Hong Kong’s biggest squatter village could become sacred ground for kung fu devotees if plans for a museum dedicated to martial arts legend Bruce Lee go through. 

The Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Thursday that the former site of Tai Hom village in Diamond Hill has been earmarked for the museum, an area that will also be home to the Kowloon branch of the Hong Kong Film Archive. 

Tai Hom was the early home of many Hong Kong film studios and the backdrop for a legion of films and TV dramas. The village was cleared more than a decade ago and residents relocated.

But the proposed museum is on the route of the Shatin-to-Central railway link, which is still under construction, prompting calls for a more comprehensive blueprint for the development of the nearby area. Critics also say the project could be hampered by housing plans in the district. 

Other suggested places for the museum include the West Kowloon Cultural District and the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal.

The Planning Department will put the Tai Hom museum proposal to the Wong Tai Sin District Council in July at the earliest, according to sources.

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