Kowloon Walled City Park at Tung Tsing Road in Kowloon City was formerly the site of Kowloon Walled City which was one of the most historic sites in Hong Kong.
Once strategically located at the northeastern corner of Kowloon Peninsula, Kowloon Walled City, a walled garrison-city built with granite slabs and incorporated 6 watchtowers and 4 gateways was constructed by imperial officials of the Qing Dynasty in 1847. The Yamen Building, which was originally the administrative office of the assistant magistrate of Kowloon, is a 3-hall, 2-courtyard structure built of grey bricks with tiled roofs sitting on purlins supported by columns and gable walls. However, the granite slabs of the Walled City were torn down completely during the Japanese Occupation. After World War II, a lot of high-rise tenements built over the Walled City site. Owing to the lack of regulation, the place had become a notorious nest of illegal activities gradually.
After the demolition of Kowloon Walled City in 1994, a park was built on the site. 2 granite plaques bearing the characters "South Gate" and "Kowloon Walled City" of the original South Gate were unearthed during the demolition. Hence, the park was named Kowloon Walled City Park. The Yamen Building was also preserved and restored.
Occupying an area of 31 000 sq m, Kowloon Walled City Park is laid out in the Jiangnan garden style of the early Qing Dynasty, producing a green and peaceful environment studded with Chinese pavilions and ponds. In its centre stands the restored Yamen Building offering visitors a glimpse of the physical appearance of the Walled City in the old days. The Yamen houses an exhibition which shows both the history of the Walled City and the construction process of the Park, together with the display of some relics unearthed in the Walled City. Visitors may soak up the ambience of the remote past whilst enjoying the charming Park.
Remnants of the South Gate and the former Yamen Building of Kowloon Walled City were declared monuments in 1996.
To plan your journey to Kowloon Walled City Park, visit the "HKeMobility" website (https://www.hkemobility.gov.hk) or mobile application developed by the Transport Department, and insert your starting point to search for routes of different transportation mode. Alternatively, you may click the “Journey” button in the Google Map below.
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