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Bruce Lee's house recreated in metaverse

An old Hong Kong home of Bruce Lee, a martial arts star and a pop culture icon, was demolished in 2019. It is now being rebuilt in virtual reality.

The virtual house to honor Lee's legacy will open in July next year to mark the 50th anniversary of the actor's death. It is a result of a partnership between Bruce Lee Club and PRIZM group, a digital marketing agency.

Students and consultants from Hong Kong's educational institutions were enlisted to research and recreate Lee's home, affectionately known among the city's populace as the Crane's Nest.

Wong Yiu-Keung, chairman of the Bruce Lee Club, said that the project hoped "to pass on the Bruce Lee spirit from generation to generation in unrestricted formats."

The house will also immortalize Lee's role as "a representative of cultural exchanges between the East and the West," according to Jeffrey Hay, the head of PRIZM Group.

Fans will be free to tour the replica of Lee's private residence as an immersive experience and attend future events planned to take place there.

The house is being recreated as it was in the early 1970s when Lee and his family lived there for one year before the actor died in 1973 from cerebral edema, aged 32.

After Lee passed away, the building was sold and turned into a love hotel. It was eventually demolished three years ago, despite public pleas to turn it into a memorial museum.

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