Date
23 October 2017
The Aw Boon Haw Foundation aims to preserve the heritage features of Tiger Balm Garden while putting it to new use. Photo: http://www.heritage.gov.hk/
The Aw Boon Haw Foundation aims to preserve the heritage features of Tiger Balm Garden while putting it to new use. Photo: http://www.heritage.gov.hk/

Tiger Balm Garden may be converted into music school

Tiger Balm Garden, also called Aw Boon Haw Garden, in Hong Kong’s Wanchai district is set to become a music academy if a proposal from the Aw Boon Haw Foundation is approved at a Town Planning Board meeting on Friday, Ming Pao Daily News reported.

The proposal is believed to have been cleared by the city’s Planning Department, which only requires the applicant to offer transport services and stipulates that any amendments to the existing structures must comply with the Fire Ordinance. An applicant should also consult with the Education Bureau to determine if a registration is necessary.

The funds required for the proposed academy, the Haw Par Music Farm, will come from the Aw Boon Haw Foundation, which has heeded the advice of the Hong Kong Antiquities and Monuments Office to preserve and restore the original Aw Boon Haw Mansion and the adjacent private garden.

The premise will be turned into an academy with 17 classrooms supported by lifts, while retaining some of the old facilities. A stairwell will be built for emergency evacuation.

The Aw Boon Haw Foundation has said that once the proposal is approved, it will engage in a dialogue with various government departments to iron out the details of the redevelopment.

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