Actor Jackie Chan is to donate his collection of historical Chinese houses to a new university in Singapore.
The Rush Hour star owns seven wooden homes dating back to the country's Ming and Qing dynasties, as well as a decorative performing stage. The collection, currently housed at a Hong Kong warehouse, is said to be worth more than $67 million.
But Chan has decided to make the generous donation to the educational establishment in Singapore, which is due to open in 2010, to make sure the structures are appreciated by students for many years to come.
Chan's property manager Simon Kwan confirmed the deal, saying: "He loves Singapore. He thinks it's the best place to donate his houses to provide education and let the people appreciate them."
The country's Minister for Foreign Affairs, George Yeo, adds, "I am very excited about the offer as it comes at a time when we are actively exploring a tie-up between our new university and a leading Chinese university. The Chinese houses would be a wonderful symbol of this proposed partnership." (LR/WNWCAG/ZN)
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