Located at Ma Tau Kok Road in To Kwa Wan, the Ex-Ma Tau Kok Animal Quarantine Depot (commonly known as the Cattle Depot) is the only surviving pre-war slaughterhouse premises in Hong Kong. Constructed in 1908, it provided quarantine service until mid-1999 when Sheung Shui Slaughterhouse commenced operation. The Ex-Ma Tau Kok Animal Quarantine Depot was rated Grade 2 historic building in 2009.
The front portion of the Cattle Depot was renovated and converted into Cattle Depot Artist Village in 2001 to house local artists relocated from the Oil Street Art Village in North Point. The rear portion was revitalised as Cattle Depot Art Park in 2019.
Cattle Depot Artist Village provides units and open space for short-term leasing to individual artists or arts groups. Arts activities such as exhibitions and workshops are held from time to time. Rich in artistic contents aside, the red-brick buildings with tiled roofs, and the well-preserved cement water trenches and metal rings for securing cattle also appeal to many visitors.
Cattle Depot Art Park is a recreational space themed on arts and culture. Valuable heritage features of the Cattle Depot such as feeding troughs and water ponds are preserved in-situ. New facilities are modelled on the architectural features of the Cattle Depot with the infusion of innovative design. For example, metal plates in silhouette of livestock such as cattle and pig are set on the wire fences, and light and shadow shelter is installed with double layers of roofs for air circulation similar to the red-brick buildings in the site plus ceiling cast with laser printing to capture the effect of shadow casted by leaves onto the ground. Visitors can catch a glimpse of the former quarantine depot which supplied hygienic and safe fresh meat to locals.
To plan your journey to Cattle Depot Artist Village and Art Park, visit the "HKeMobility" website (https://www.hkemobility.gov.hk) or mobile application developed by the Transport Department, insert your starting point and "Cattle Depot Artist Village" or "Cattle Depot Art Park" as the destination to search for routes of different transportation mode. Alternatively, you may click the relevant location pin in the Google Map below and then click the “Journey” button.
The information provided in this website is for reference only, and is subject to change in accordance with the announcement of relevant Departments or organisations. The Government does not make any express or implied warranty as to the accuracy, adequacy, reliability or timeliness in relation to such contents, and will not be liable for any errors in, or omissions from any such information. Before planning your journey, please pay attention to the latest announcements of relevant departments or agencies, or contact them for enquiries of the latest opening status and opening hours of the attractions.