HK to restore Bruce Lee's old home
HONG KONG — The Hong Kong government has agreed to preserve a former home of late martial arts legend Bruce Lee and turn it into a tourist attraction, an official said Wednesday.
The house where Lee lived from 1972 to 1973 is currently used as a "love motel," where rooms are rented by the hour and people often carry on affairs. The owner has lobbied to covert it into a museum.
In this June 24, 2008 file photo, the old home of Hong Kong movie star Bruce Lee is pictured in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong government has agreed in principle to preserve the former home of late martial arts legend Bruce Lee and turn it into a tourist attraction, officials said Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Hong Kong's commerce and economic development minister met with the owner Tuesday and agreed to the project that would restore the two-story house back to its "original outlook and features," said government spokeswoman Winnie To in an e-mail statement.
It did not elaborate on the timeframe or how the project would be funded but said the government hoped the project would enable Lee's supporters to commemorate his achievements.
Lee, who died in Hong Kong in 1973 at age 32 from swelling of the brain, was born in San Francisco but grew up in Hong Kong.
His credits include "The Chinese Connection," "Enter the Dragon" and "Return of the Dragon."