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HONG KONG – Plans to build a Bruce Lee museum at the late megastar’s former residence in Hong Kong has been abandoned.
The Hong Kong government is unable to reach an agreement with the owner of the property, businessman Yu Pang-lin, for the last two years.
“Despite our efforts, we are unable to reach a consensus with the property owner over the scope of the restoration,” the government said in a statement.
Yu intends to restore the existing two-storey building in Kowloon Tong and to construct a new 20,000 sq. feet structure that would house facilities including a museum, an archive, a martial arts academy, and a screening room, according to local media reports. But the proposal of the new structure, five times the area of the existing building, has been rejected due to the low-density land use designation of the area.
Lee died at the Kowloon Tong residence in 1973 at the age of 32, due to swelling of the brain.
Over 100 artifacts of the late action icon of such kung-fu classics as Enter the Dragon and Fist of Fury that has been amassed by the Hong Kong Tourism Commission for the planned museum will be displayed in the Hong Kong Heritage Museum in 2012.
A Bruce Lee museum is planned by Lee’s daughter Shannon in Seattle, where Bruce studied and taught martial arts.
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