Yasmin at Kong Heng
YASMIN AT KONG HENG is a gallery dedicated to the talented and legendary filmmaker, the late Yasmin Ahmad. She was known nationwide for her inspiring advertisements and her movies. On 7th January 2014, Google pays tribute to Yasmin Ahmad by publishing a doodle with her image. This is the first time a Malaysian figure is honored on its search engine.
In an effort to keep legendary film director’s legacy alive and to inspire a new generation of local film directors, her family alongside with a group of her friends and fans has establish this place to celebrate her works and life. The Yasmin at Kong Heng is officially opened in 2014.
Ipoh was chosen as the site of the gallery because Yasmin held a great love for the city and its people. Many of her films have been shot in this city, including Sepet, Gubra, Muallaf and the Chinese New Year advertisement, One More Day. The location of Kong Heng was chosen for its proximity to many of the locales where Yasmin shot her famous films.
Yasmin At Kong Heng intends to let visitors see life through Yasmin’s eyes. The gallery showcases her photography and filmography as well as creations devoted to her by other artists. The content is changed every six months to 1 year to keep them fresh.
The place also acts as a resource center as well as unconventional ‘museum’ curated with the objective of educating and inspiring others to write film or commercial scripts of their own. It is a small but flexible space where the late Yasmin Ahmad’s spirit, love, wisdom and sense of humor can continue inspiring the next generation.
Image by: Yasmin At Kong Heng FB
Saturday – Sunday: 10.00 a.m – 4.00 p.m
Adult: RM 3.00
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Inside the museum, you’ll find an LCD TV mounted on the wall where you get to watch a compilation of her commercial ads. We both just sat down at the bench beside the wall, and spent over thirty minutes looking at the screen. As the ads keeps on changing, we both began having teary eyes. The emotions were overwhelming.
Sam Poh Tong Temple or Cave of triple gem is built within the limestone hill at the southern edge of Gunung Rapat, Ipoh. It is the largest cave temple in Malaysia. The current facade of the temple dates back to the 1950s and a steep staircase with 249 steps leads to an open cave with fantastic views of Ipoh and its surroundings.