A mansion that made a cameo appearance in Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon will be overhauled by Hong Kong government and opened to the public after failing to secure funding from an outside source.
The government hoped that the King Yin Lei building, which has appeared in a number of TV dramas and films, would be given a makeover by a social enterprise group under the Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme.
But despite twice being put forward for the scheme, no suitable proposals were received for the government-owned mansion, built in the mid 1930s.
Now, under the government’s management, King Yin Lei will be renovated and opened up for public appreciation, the government said.
Projects accepted to undergo revitalisation include the Tai Hang No. 12 School Street, Pokfulam Old Dairy Farm Senior Staff Quarters and the Sheung Shui Lady Ho Tung Welfare Centre. The Government will grant HK$120 million towards the renovation of the three buildings to undergo revitalisation.
No. 12 School Street, a Grade 3 historic building, will be redeveloped into the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Heritage Centre. Caritas Hong Kong will transform the Old Dairy Farm Senior Staff Quarters into Pokfulam Farm, showcasing artefacts from the old dairy farm and organising regular cultural tours of Pokfulam village. The Lady Ho Tung Welfare Centre, classified as a Grade 2 historic building, will be transformed into an eco-learning institute to educate the local public on biodiversity.