To commemorate Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s birth anniversary, National Museum of Singapore has launched LKY100 digital trails and commissioned a new film that honours Singapore’s first prime minister.
LKY100 Digital Trails at National Museum of Singapore
There are two separate LKY100 Digital Trails. One can be found at the post-war section of the Singapore History Gallery and the other at the Semangat yang Baru exhibition at the museum’s basement.
The LKY100 trail at the Singapore History Gallery starts at the section that delves into Singapore’s post-war years, where political awakening was on the rise and Singapore was on the road to independence.
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Embark on the trail by scanning a QR code to bring up a website on your mobile device. Then go for a hunt for eight objects, significant to the life of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, around the gallery.
Scan each of the items with your mobile device to get more facts and information about the life of Mr Lee.
Amongst the items are Mr Lee’s barrister robes, the rostrum where he made many of his stirring speeches and the red box that was used to convey his papers.
After locating all eight items, you can redeem a special pin, inspired by his red box, from a vending machine.
Besides the trail at the Singapore History Gallery, don’t forget to head down to the Semangat yang Baru exhibition in the basement to complete the second trail.
LKY100: The Life and Legacy of Lee Kuan Yew (1923–2015)
In addition to the digital trails, National Museum of Singapore has commissioned local filmmaker Royston Tan to create a a new short film, LKY100: The Life and Legacy of Lee Kuan Yew (1923–2015).
This film pieces together Mr Lee’s speeches from the National Day Rally over the years. It is in a 4:3 format and framed in an old CRT television. It is a fitting tribute to the man who had to forge a new nation when it independence was thrust upon Singapore.
Royston Tan said, “Mr Lee Kuan Yew is fondly remembered as a charismatic speaker, and I wanted to capture his essence as a strong leader through the medium of his speeches. It is an honour to pay tribute to a historic leader like Mr Lee with this film, and I hope that it serves as a nostalgic and inspiring narrative for both the older and younger generations to continue creating a better future for our nation.”
LKY100: The Life and Legacy of Lee Kuan Yew (1923–2015) can be viewed at the end of the digital trail at the Singapore History Gallery. It will run until 31 December 2023 and is free for Singaporeans and Singapore permanent residents.
Chung May Khuen, Director of the National Museum of Singapore, added, “Mr Lee’s significant contributions and leadership in transforming Singapore into a modern and vibrant city is deeply intertwined with our nation’s history. Through this special film and the accompanying trail, we hope to encourage Singaporeans young and old to come together to explore, revisit, and be inspired by Mr Lee’s legacy that we can continue building upon for generations to come, and in navigating the challenges ahead.”
Get more details about what’s on at National Museum of Singapore in commemoration of Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s birth anniversary, including a light up of the museum’s facade.
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Parents with young children may also wish to pay a visit to the LKY100 exhibition at Children’s Museum Singapore.