Left to crumble into ruin while the garden grows into a forest, these stunning images pry open a window into Bruce Lee’s abandoned mansion in Hong Kong.
An urban explorer has stepped foot in the final home turned love-hotel of the martial-arts icon, which is tucked away in the upscale leafy Kowloon Tong neighborhood.
Snapshots show the derelict two-storey home is a shadow of its former glory, in the wake of the Hong Kong government quietly knocking back plans to turn it into a major tourist attraction honoring the film icon in 2011.
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US urban explorer Steve said he was compelled to investigate after discovering his idol’s property had plunged into disrepair.
‘For this to be abandoned shocks me. When I came to Hong Kong I did not expect that at all,’ Steve says in a video.
‘I don’t think I would be where I’m at travelling the world if not for his philosophies, and for him being a role model.’
Billionaire philanthropist tycoon Yu Panglin snapped up the property in 1974 before allowing it to be used as a love-hotel – a place where couples rent rooms for sex.
‘I am exploring this place because I respect Brice Lee a lot, I love Bruce Lee. I just want to make people aware, because not too many people know about this.’
Yu then put the two-storey, 5,699-square-foot town house up for sale but later changed his mind.
The Hong Kong government knocking back plans to turn it into a major tourist attraction honoring the martial-arts icon in 2011 Despite a campaign by fans, the Hong Kong government did little to preserve Lee’s legacy in his adopted city beyond erecting a statue along the city’s famous waterfront.
American-born but raised in Hong Kong, Lee died of brain swelling aged just 32 at the peak of his fame. His most popular film, the global smash-hit Enter the Dragon, was released just six days after his death in 1973.
He is hailed a hero in both the martial arts and movie worlds and credited with shedding light on the the Kung Fu cinematic genre.