Heritages in the University of Hong Kong
The University of Hong Kong, having a history of 100 years, is a world-class education institute in the city. Its buildings, for example Main Building, Hung Hing Ying Building，Tang Chi Ngong Building and Art Museum are all architectures of the last century. The refined character and solemnity of these buildings reflect how eager society was to educate the younger generation with Western knowledge. This living monument of Hong Kong’s education is worth the visit for visitors with or without an education degree. If you are thirsty for more when leaving the University, why not take the Pok Fu Lam Road up north to the Ching Lin Terrace where Lo Pan Temple and Kwong Yuen Tong
are located. This is the only building dedicated to Lo Pan in Hong Kong, and June 13 of the Lunar calendar is his birthday. Or you can visit the Conservancy Association Center for Heritage on Western Street in Sai Ying Pun for guided tours available at the time.
Address: The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Telephone: 2859 2111
Transportation: MTR HKU Station Exit A
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Built by donations of Indian businessman Sir Hormusejee Naorosjee Mody, and supported by other local businesses, Chinese immigrants and mainland Chinese, Main Building laid its foundation stone in 1910 and was officially opened in 1912. It was used as a temporary hospital during the War of the Pacific, and was destroyed by bombs during WWII, which forced it to be closed, only to re-open in 1948.
The Main Building is a 3-storey building in Edwardian style. The columns in granite are of Renaissance influence with the bell tower erected at the very top as the axis of the building. During the early years, the Main building was used for administration, education, a library and infirmary all together. The top floor was used as student dormitory when quota of St. John’s College was filled.
Hung Hing Ying Building
Financed by Sir Paul Chater, Professor G. P. Jordan and others, the building was opened in 1919. The 2-storey red-brick building, with a central dome, is in classical Revival style. It was originally used as student union, later for administration purposes after WWII. The building was renamed as Hung Hing Ying building in 1986 for the benefactor’s generous donation to the university. It now houses the Hong Kong University Trust conference room on the upper floor, and the Development and Alumni Office on the lower.
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Tang Chi Ngong Building
Built in 1929 on the Pok Fu Lam main campus, Tang Chi Ngong Building was finance by Tang Chi Ngong, father of Sir Tang Shiu-kin. This three-storey flat-roofed structure, with windows aligned vertically on four sides, gives an impression of a balanced building. It was used as the Chinese Department when it opened, and now houses the Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole.
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University Museum and Gallery of the University of Hong Kong
Comprises of the Grade I historic building Fung Ping Shan Museum and the lowest 3 floors of the T. T. Tsui Building, this is the oldest museum in Hong Kong. It was erected as the Fung Ping Shan Chinese Library in 1932, later converted to a museum in 1935. It was expanded to the adjacent T. T. Tsui building in 1996. Its vast collection from over 1000 years includes 979 bronze Nestorian crosses, the largest quantity among the world, from Yun Dynasty. Apart from exhibitions of its own collection, it also hosts themed exhibitions in art or antiques. It has a Tea Gallery that allows you to appreciate tea after visiting the museum.
Closed at Public and University Holidays
Address: 90 Bonham Road, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong Island