Tai Kwun – Visiting Hong Kong’s Prison

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Tai Kwun

10 Hollywood Rd, Central, Hong Kong 

Tai Kwun is Hong Kong’s Centre for Heritage and Arts. It opened in 2018, which means I never had the chance to visit until now. 

The entire area use to be the historical Central Police Station compound. It’s home to several buildings, each hosting a range of things to do. From performance arts and galleries to preservation areas of the old Police compound. 

Getting there...

The easiest way to get there would be by MTR. Get off Central station or at Hong Kong station and make your way to the Central to Mid-levels escalators. 

What to expect when you're there...

When you get in, expect a sudden change of pace from just a minute ago from the rest of Hong Kong Island. It’s a relaxing nook in the city for you to explore the historical British colonial buildings. 

The programs are always changing, so expect this UNESCO spot to always have something new each time you’re in town. But for your first visit you need to try the guided tour or the self-directed tour by using their app. 

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You’ll get to learn a past version of Hong Kong while it was still under British rule. Explore the old prison cells and walk along the same paths as many of the police officer families within the living quarters. 

And in true Hong Kong style – there’s cafes and restaurants on-site to meet your needs. There’s also various art workshops to get creative for the afternoon.

The entire compound has free wifi and a nursery room – so don’t worry if you’re visiting with a baby! Its also wheelchair accessible and deaf friendly, which makes this Hong Kong attraction genuinely inclusive. 

I would definitely come again to see what they have going on next. But even just to snap cool IG photos with the red brick walls and the British colonialism architecture. 

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Janice Fung

Janice Fung

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