“The Ying Fo Fui Kun, a Chinese clan association was founded in 1822 by Hakka immigrants from Guangdong province. The association was established to promote the welfare of early Hakka immigrants by addressing their needs for accommodation and jobs, and by attending to their funeral arrangements… Today, the Ying Fo Fui Kun continues to serve the Hakka community by promoting Hakka heritage and identity. This includes the provision of scholarships, organization of Hakka language classes, and the celebration of important Hakka festivals. The Ying Fo Fui Kun building underwent renovations in 1997 and was gazetted as a National Monument in 1998.”
For this episode of Yilun Audio Tours, I am going to bring you on a tour of the Ying Fo Hakka Association building, one of the oldest clan associations headquarters in Singapore that is still located on the original site. This 100 year old building is a treasure trove of history, culture and heritage. We will explore the unique architecture, learn about the Hakka immigrant community in Singapore, and find out about the history of this great monument right in the heart of Singapore’s city center.
Sightseeing nitty gritty: Ying Fo Clan Association is open from 9am to 5pm, and admission is free. Nearest MRT is Raffles Place. See map below.