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Yap Kwan Seng Memorial / 葉觀盛墓園

Yap Kwan Seng Memorial / 葉觀盛墓園

His name in Traditional Chinese – 葉觀盛 and in Simplified Chinese – 叶观盛.

Born 1846, Yap Kwan Seng is the last Chinese Kapitan of Kuala Lumpur. After his passing, the position of kapitan was abolished.

He moved from china to malaya at the age of 18 and work as a tin miner in Seremban before moving to Selangor to setup his own tin mining business.

Known for his philanthropic deeds and his many great contributions, He founded the Pooi Shin Thong / Pei Shan Tang / 培善堂 which provided the poor with free medical services. Pooi Shin Thong was later renamed to Tung Sing hospital (同善醫院) located along Jalan Pudu. There is much more that he has done.

Yap Kwan Seng passed away in 1902. Based on read up, It is said that he was originally buried at Maxwell Hill but when the government wanted the land for development, his remains were exhumed and are now placed at a pagoda at the Lian Lin temple (蓮林廟) in the Kwang Tung cemetery (廣東義山), Sg Besi.
It would be great to know the date his bones were exhumed and moved. This would be great historic value to future readers. There is an old man we met at the Kwangtung cemetery that has told us his exhumed bones were actually reburied at the opposite site of the Hockien cemetery but he could not tell me where exactly. If any of you knows where his original grave / tomb was before or when was his bones exhumed or where he is reburied, do email me or leave a comment.

His memorial plate was easy to find. As soon as you turn into the Lian Lin Temple area, and it’s just there.

Yap Kwan Seng is the last person to hold the Kapitan title in Kuala Lumpur and he’s also known as the person who developed a brick factory in the now known Brickfield area which was fill with clay on it’s surrounding area back then.

Yap Kwan Seng Memorial / 葉觀盛墓園1

Below:- Up close.

Yap Kwan Seng Memorial / 葉觀盛墓園2

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48 comments to Yap Kwan Seng Memorial / 葉觀盛墓園

  • avatar Jim McAnna

    Hi Yap Peng Siew – you mention your grandfather Yap Tai Kong. Could you please let me know if he was also known as Yap Tai Cheong ?
    Rgs Jim McAnna

  • avatar Jim McAnna

    Does anyone know – whenever Yap Kwan Seng visited Canton and/or Macao – was that reported in Chinese newspapers there ? He was certainly a VIP in Selangor and his activities reported in KL/Singapore press – I just wondered if he was also considered a VIP in Canton/Macao too? I dont read Chinese -I just wondered has anyone checked their old newspapers (I dont even know where to look)? I think he may have visited Canton sometime in 1895 (or possibly 1894) – anyone got any info on that visit ? Rgs Jim McAnna

  • avatar PK Yap


    Thank you for twice forwarding me the requests of Jim McAnna for information relating to my great grandfather, Kapitan Yap Kwan Seng and his descendants. Whilst I have with contributions from some generation members been tracing and mapping our family history and family tree, I’m not at this moment ready to share what I have with anyone that is not within the YKS family tree. Perhaps one day when we are ready we would make our family history available via an official website.
    Thank you.
    Yap Peng Kong

  • avatar Woan Jinn

    Anybody know for the 6th generation yap family what should be the middle chinese character? Kwan, tai, poh, peng, wai, x?

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