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Kowloon: home to Hong Kong's largest mosque

  • Written by Halalzilla

Despite the fact that most Hong Kong people practise a range of Chinese folk religion or Buddhism, Islam is not entirely a foreign religion.

Mosque

Photo Credit: Shafak Thaika

With 4.1 per cent of people in Hong Kong practising Islam, the number continues to rise and with it, Muslim-friendly amenities and activities to enjoy.

With over 70 halal-certified restaurants in the region, there is no need to worry about where to eat in Hong Kong. Astound your taste buds with authentic dim sum, delicious delights and a slew of yummy desserts!

If you want to explore a side of Hong Kong that is different from the rest, consider Kowloon. This Muslim-friendly district will allow you to experience the best of Hong Kong, whilst having a peace of mind knowing that all your religious needs are met.

Kowloon, Hong Kong: the Muslim-friendly district

Kowloon, Hong Kong: The Muslim-Friendly District

A densely populated urban area, Kowloon is often seen as the place that showcases the more authentic side of Hong Kong with its wonderful mix of cultures. Kowloon also has such a wide variety of attractions, most of which are Muslim-friendly. This also means that there is something for everyone — night markets, the Avenue of Stars promenade and the Kowloon Walled City Park, amongst other activities and popular destinations.

Kowloon is also home to many large malls and popular fashion boutiques. For those who are more familiar with an extravagant palate, the abundance of high-end fashion stores in the harbourfront area and around MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station is just for you. While there are fancy shopping malls like 1881 Heritage, there are also those that offer more variety, such as Festival Walk mall which boasts over 200 stores. Harbour City, Hong Kong’s largest mall, is also close by! Housing everything from luxury designer brands to independent Hong Kong designer labels, you are spoilt for choice!

#HZTip: If looking for a budget-friendly shopping spot, fret not, there is a wide variety of night markets available in Hong Kong. One of which is the famous Temple Street Night Market where you can find a myriad of treasures!

This district also houses five mosques, with the biggest mosque in Hong Kong located adjacent to the well-known Kowloon Park. The availability of Muslim-friendly facilities here is a direct testament to the Muslim-friendly nature of Kowloon.

Kowloon Mosque and Islamic Centre

Kowloon Mosque and Islamic Center

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Located at the intersection of Nathan and Haiphong roads in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Mosque and Islamic Centre is the largest mosque in Hong Kong. Air-conditioned throughout, this mosque is one of the most iconic Islamic landmarks in Hong Kong — it can fit up to 3,500 people!

First established by the Muslim garrison stationed in the area, now known as Kowloon Park, this mosque represents the local Muslim community’s unique history. The Chief Imam of Hong Kong, Mufti Muhammad Arshad, has also been serving as the Imam and Khateeb of this mosque since 2001.

Kowloon Mosque and Islamic Center

With four high minarets standing at a whopping 11 metres, this mosque is majestic in its own right. The structure also uses white marble on the paving and facade, embellished with detailed latticed windows all around. An important cultural site for all, the building includes three prayer halls, madrasahs and a community hall. The same community hall is used by Muslim organisations to hold programs during special occasions.

Fun things to do in Kowloon

Victoria Harbour

Victoria Harbour

A serene harbour in the midst of this concrete jungle, Victoria Harbour is an iconic location in Hong Kong. Best known for its panoramic views at night and its world-renowned skyline, the promenades are always filled with locals and tourists alike. This bay area stretches 9km!

#HZTip: Marvel at the vast harbour when you’re discovering the Avenue of Stars or the Central Waterfront Promenade. If you find yourself by the harbour at 8pm, do not miss the nightly display of ‘A Symphony of Lights’ as well.

Avenue of Stars

Avenue of Stars

Hong Kong’s reply to Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, the Avenue of Stars is a must-see when you are in the district. Located on the promenade by the well-known Victoria Harbour, visitors can marvel at the various handprints of famous Chinese celebrities. Don’t miss the golden chance to snap a photo with a life-sized bronze statue of Bruce Lee!

 

sky100 Hong Kong Observation Tower

Photo Credit: Sky100 – Hong Kong’s Observation Deck

sky100 Hong Kong Observation Tower

This observation deck is up on the 100th floor of the International Commerce Centre, the tallest building in Hong Kong. sky100 Hong Kong Observation Tower is also the place to experience unrivalled views of Hong Kong from the skies! The deck also features multimedia exhibits, which educate visitors on Hong Kong, its people and their culture.

#HZTip: This tower can be accessed via the MTR, making it an easy stop for everyone. Plus, for Muslims, there is a prayer room available!

Temple Street Night Market

Temple Street Night Market

This late-night street market offers an insightful experience into the culture and the lives of the people in Kowloon. Often chosen as an inspiring backdrop for many movies in popular culture, the Temple Street Night Market is the place to find anything you need. The variety of things on sale here is surprising. Get ready to practice bantering and haggling here!

 

Kowloon Walled City Park

Temple Street Night Market

Initially an ungoverned, densely populated settlement, the Kowloon Walled City was later demolished and transformed into a traditional Chinese garden. The garden is modelled after the Jiangnan Gardens of the early Qing dynasty (1644–1912). Despite the drastic change from a detached walled city to a magnificent Chinese garden, the area still holds many historic and cultural elements from the olden days.

This famous Walled City has also appeared in popular culture — in movies like Brothers from the Walled City and Long Arm of the Law. In the movie Batman Begins Kowloon’s Walled City inspired a fictional walled neighbourhood called ‘Narrow’.

Halal food in Kowloon

As a Muslim-friendly district, Kowloon offers a variety of halal food within the area. There are cuisines galore — from Turkish, Italian and even Middle Eastern fare to entice you. There are also numerous vegetarian options available, so take your pick!

Hung’s Chinese Restaurant 

Another restaurant, located conveniently near the Kowloon Mosque is Hung’s Chinese Restaurant. Hidden in a corner of Chungking Mansions at Tsim Sha Tsui, it offers an array of Chinese food — and free Wi-Fi!

This halal-certified restaurant boasts a wonderful dining experience with dishes that include stir-fried chicken with Chinese herbs, fish and vegetables. The portions here are huge!

 

Islam Restaurant

An establishment that started in the 1950s, Islam Restaurant has many local food awards under its belt. With two outlets in Kowloon itself, this restaurant is popular as well.

Some of their famous menu items include hot & sour soup and the juicy xiao long bao. While Chinese food is the typical cuisine offered, there is also a cold-cut platter, which includes spiced beef shank, tripe, tendon, chicken, jellyfish and ox-tongue.

 


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