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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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55 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?

  • avatar Yap Peng Siew

    Sorry, I think it is Fook.

  • I am also a great grand son of YKS. My grand father was Yap Tai Yim & my father, Yap Pow Kim. I have a sister, Yap Soh Lan. I was born in 1945 & my sister in 1947.

    We found out from a lady who lived behind what used to be a Shell petrol station at the junction of Pudu & Circular road that the middle name for the 5th generation was to be “Wai/Wei”. This is some 35 yrs ago. Our 2 sons` middle names are “Wei”. Have been looking for the middle name for the 6th. generation – “Fook” it is according to Peng Siew.

    Great to be connecting . . .

    • avatar Yap Peng Kong

      To: Joyce (& Gary) Randall
      If your sister is Betty Teh living in Sydney, then you are the missing one in the lineage of Yap Tai Kim. I have been told of this by a grand daughter of Tai Kim but there was no further detail that I could gather. I look forward to getting in touch with you or Gary. Special interest here – my maternal grandfather is Tai Kim as my mother was his adopted daughter. My paternal grandfather is Yap Tai Wah.

      To: Yap Peng Siew
      My apologies. I now realise you may not have information on Yap Tai Cheong or Yap Tai Yam (Yim). Over the last year I have managed to meet up in Singapore with an uncle, Pow Thong (91 or 92 years old), son of Yap Tai Cheong and got some very valuable information from him.
      I’m not sure the 6th generation name is “Fook”. I would love to get in touch with you to clarify this. Among some of the cousins of our 4th generation (of Peng or Piang or Ping), there is the knowledge that after the 5th generation (of Wei or Wai), the generation names of Kwan (or Guan), Tai, Pow (or Poh), Peng (or Piang or Ping) and Wei (or Wai) would be repeated. I personally heard this from my grandmother when she was still alive. It would appear that this is mentioned in our Yap Family “zupu” but I have no way to verify this until I find someone who is fluent in old and modern Mandarin to translate the zupu (clan/family book).
      Btw, our cousin, Dr. Yap Piang Kian (from the Yap Tai Hong line) has used “Guan” as the generation name for his grandson (6th generation). This “Guan” was used by Yap Kwan Seng perhaps after he became a very successful tin miner but before he became Kapitan China of Selangor. I have a very old plate with his name “ Yap Guan Seng, Selangor”. This was given to me by cousin, Yap Peng Koong from the Yap Tai Chi line.

      To: Yap Piang Foh
      It’s great that you have appeared on the forum in this website. I have been looking for your family line for a while. Your grandfather’s name in my record, based on perhaps Cantonese pronunciation, is Yap Tai Yam. I have heard of his name being mentioned by my 2 grandfathers when I was very young. The only information I have is a daughter of Tai Yam (Yim), Yap Boo Rok who is married to Chua Boon Chin and they are in Vancouver. Let’s get in touch as I would like to fill in the blanks in your family line.
      Btw, can you recall the name of the lady who stayed behind the Shell Station at the Pudu/Circular Roads junction? The only one I know who stayed in that vicinity was my paternal grandfather, Yap Tai Wah with his 3rd wife and children.

      Everyone, please do get in touch with me so we can collectively fill in the missing links in our family lines.

      I would greatly appreciate if Admin72Dragon would give my email address to the 3 or 4 addressees here. Much appreciated. Thank you.

      Peng Kong (or Ping Kon or PK)

  • avatar Kelly Yap

    Hi! I just came across this and just want to introduce myself. My given name is Yap Weng Fong (but like to be called Kelly). I am the youngest sister of Yap Peng Siew.

    I was caught up in the discussion of the middle name and a long time ago when I was a young teenager, my mum had mentioned to me the middle name should be but for the life of me I cannot remember. That’s for being young and not listening. She did mention about a book in the temple in KL. Not sure if the temple or the book still exist.

    Sorry if I could not being of any more help.

    • avatar PK Yap

      Hi Kelly,

      Good to hear from another cousin from our generation.
      I would love to get in touch over email with you and Peng Siew.
      Please do contact me as I have given the administrator of this site to release my email address.


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