By: Atika Denan Lee | Copyright Images: TamuAsia | Photographer: Denan Lee
The Kowloon Walled City Park occupies one of the most historic sites in the territory. it offers rare tranquility in an area steeped in history.
The Kowloon Walled City was originally a garrison town built by the Qing Dynasty government in 1847 as a military outpost occupied by several hundred soldiers to reinforce the coastal defence of the region. The Yamen building was originally the administrative office of the Assistant Magistrate of Kowloon. The building is a three-hall structure. The middle hall was the office while the rear block served as the officers’ residence. After the departure of the Qing officials in 1899, the Yamen building was used by different religious groups including a home for the aged, home for widows and orphans, school and clinic. In 1996 the Yamen was preserved and restored to remind the people of its historical past.
Many historic relics are well preserved in the Park and they evoke in visitors’ memories of the past. The park is laid out in the Jiangnan garden style of the early Qing Dynasty, sporting pavilions and ponds. The garden was put in place to replace one of Hong Kong’s worst urban monstrosities, and what a lovely place it has become – a hidden gem of reflection in a bustling city. The park is great fun for younger visitors too with the old cannons, narrow pathways and garden hardscapes providing plenty to spark their imagination. There is also a playground on the entrance to the park at Junction Road which is perfect for the kids to run around and burn off some energy before wandering to the more refined and tranquil gardens. A stroll in the park is truly magical.
It is easy to spend hours just walking and exploring the pathways, beautiful architecture and remaining artefacts from the Walled City. The creation of the park has ensured that one of Hong Kong’s most interesting and historic areas will be preserved and enjoyed by all for posterity.
Are you planning a trip to Hong Kong? Don’t forget to check out this lovely heritage site – Kowloon Walled City Park.
HOW TO GET THERE
MTR Lok Fu Station Exit B, then take a taxi to Tung Tau Tsuen Road.
Bus 1 from the Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier Terminus. Get off at Tung Tau Tsuen Road (opposite the park).
Address: Tung Tsing Road, Kowloon City, Kowloon.
Phone: +852 2716 9962
Opening Hours: The park opens daily 6.30am to 11.00pm The exhibitions room opens daily from 10:00am to 6:00 pm (Closed on Wednesday)