Gedung Kuning
Haji Yusoff
 
 

History


*73 Sultan Gate, Singapura 7


        
                   Gedung Kuning (the Yellow Mansion) is synonymous with Haji Yusoff 'Tali Pinggang'. This is because Haji Yusoff was the owner of the mansion from 1912 until it was acquired by the Singapore government in 1999. Haji Yusoff had preserved the mansion and redecorated it with artefacts bought from the Malay Archipelago, Asia, Europe and Africa.

                   Gedung Kuning is indeed as regal as its name. It stood strong during the Japanese Occupation from 1942-1945. It has witnessed the births, deaths, graduations and weddings of three generations of Haji Yusoff’s family. It shared the joys and sadness of the family. Its garden hosted flowering plants and trees like rambutan, papaya and mango whose delicious fruits were shared with friends and neighbours. Its mighty hall reverberated with pride to Quranic verses read during religious ceremonies. Its gate welcomed the poor who came to ask for alms. Gedung Kuning is testimony of a family legacy.

                   Even to the very last day when Haji Yusoff’s family moved out, Gedung Kuning stood proud befitting its royal colour and stature.

 

Gedungku     

Kuning warna tersergam indah             
Dipagar, dijaga si helang batu               
Dulu dibina untuk Bendahara                           
Didiami oleh keluarga diraja                

Gedung Kuning nama diberi     
Terletak di sisi istana Melayu                          
Kampong Glam, Dalam dan Kaji         
Tempat berdagang orang dahulu          

Haji Yusoff peniaga berjaya
Gedung Kuning menjadi miliknya
Anak Singapura keturunan Jawa                       
Berwawasan dan berhati mulia                         

Gedungku anggun warisan bangsa         
Lambang Melayu kemajuan nusa         
Generasiku kan tahu budaya mereka    
Takkan Melayu hilang di dunia            

          Hidayah Amin


Translation of Gedungku (My Home):
Gedung Kuning with its regal yellow walls and stone eagles is a mansion originally built for the Prime Minister. It stands next to the Malay palace and is located in the hub of historical Malay trading places. Haji Yusoff, the visionary and successful Malay businessman purchased Gedung Kuning which remains to this day, a symbol of Malay heritage and culture.



*Gedung Kuning's address written in Jawi (a type of Arabic script used to write the Malay language)
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
The eagle in front of Gedung Kuning