Monuments of Hong Kong

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Here is the list of 10 Monuments of Hong Kong

1. Tian Tan Buddha

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Located at Ngong Ping in Lantau Island, Tian Tan Buddha is the large bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, the second-largest seated bronze Buddha statue in the world. Also popular as the Big Buddha, it rises 34 metres high and weighs over 250 tons, facing towards Mainland China.

2. Wong Tai Sin Temple

The Wong Tai Sin Temple, more commonly known as Sik Sik Yuen Temple, is a shrine dedicated to Wong Tai Sin, the Great Immortal Wong. Home to three religions - Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism, locals claim that every wish made here comes true, which makes it a significant religious attraction.

3. Po Lin Monastery

Po Lin Monastery is a Buddhist monastery sitting in the lap of Ngong Ping at Lantau Island. The highlight of the monastery is the 3 Buddha statues in its premise, representing the past, present and future lives. The famous Tian Tan Buddha statue is an extension of Po Lin Monastery.

4. Sam Tung Uk Museum

Located in Tsuen Wan area of Hong Kong, Sam Tung Uk Museum showcases the life of the Hakka people who lived in the Hakka hamlet of Sang Tung Uk 200 years ago. The main highlight of the museum is the agricultural implements that were used for farming during that time. No wonder, this museum is a haven for history lovers, heritage buffs and culture hounds.

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5. St Johns Cathedral

The oldest surviving Anglican church in Hong Kong, the St John's Cathedral is built in English gothic design. Shaped like a cross, the cathedral has seen the city go through many phases, and thus it also has symbolic importance in Hong Kong’s history. The cathedral acted as a centre of faith during the World War-II when a congregation of 100 gathered for the last mass before the Japanese attack.

6. Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower

The Tsim Sha Tsui Tower, located on the South-Eastern end of the Kowloon peninsula, is the only remaining part of the old Kowloon Station from the Kowloon-Canton Railways. Officially titled as the ‘Former Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower’, it stands at 44 metres and the top can be accessed via a staircase built inside it. It also houses a fully functional clock on each of its four faces.

7. Avenue of Stars

Modelled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Avenue of Stars is a walking avenue at Victoria Harbour waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui. It celebrates important milestones of the Hong Kong film fraternity marked by statues and hand-prints of prestigious personalities. With a seaside backdrop, it provides panoramic views of the Hong Kong skyline as well.

8. Statue Square Hong Kong

The Statue Square located on the Des Voeux Road in Central Hong Kong is one of the most renowned public pedestrian squares in Asia. Built in 1897 on the land reclaimed by the city, this square now allows visitors to view some of the key monuments erected and unveiled by famous artists from around the globe.

9. Former Central Magistracy

Located on Arbuthnot Road at Central Victoria, the Former Central Magistracy is among the oldest law buildings in Hong Kong. It is characterised with granite walling and Greek architectural features. The Former Central Magistracy along with the Central Police Compound and the Victoria Prison Compound form the Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts which was opened to the public in 2018.

10. Cheung Chau Rock Carvings

Declared as a monument in 1982, the Cheung Chau Rock Carvings was discovered in 1970 soon after the Big Wave Bay Rock Carving. Located in Tung Wan in Chueng Chau, the Cheung Chau Rock Carvings is a bronze-age preservation which consists of proto-historic artistry. These carvings are now covered with a protective glass, which can pose a difficulty for day-time photography,

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