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Unseen urban arts in Old Town Central
The heartbeat of Hong Kong’s central district, Old Town Central is full of interesting art and rich culture to explore, but there is also much more to this neighbourhood than meets the eye. Discover hidden art gems, historical architecture, lesser-known art forms and beyond as you become mesmerised with the creative expression of this area. Visit the ‘Arty highlights’ section to find out more.
H Queen’s

Situated in the bustling thoroughfare of Queen's Road Central, H Queen's houses renowned international galleries and premium restaurants. Expect an elevated art-viewing experience at these multi-floor galleries and plenty of large-scale installations that wouldn’t fit in other locations. Click here to check out the art happenings at H Queen’s before your visit!

Address: 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong Island
Website: http://www.hqueens.com.hk/html/eng/index.shtml


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Fringe Club

Situated amid the hustle and bustle of Central, Fringe Club distinguishes itself from the surrounding high-rises with a neoclassical exterior made of milky white and brown bricks. Since it inhabited part of the Old Dairy Farm Depot in 1984, the Fringe Club has been a celebrated exhibition and performance venue, and has helped introduce experimental works to the city’s art scene. Catch a host of poetry reading sessions, exhibitions, plays and musical performances while you’re here — just check the events calendar ahead of time to see what's on.

Address: 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong Island
Website: http://www.hkfringeclub.com/en


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Tai Kwun

Tai Kwun is a cultural destination for inspiration, stimulation and enjoyment, it aspires to offer the best heritage and arts experiences, and to cultivate knowledge and appreciation of contemporary art, performing arts and history in the community. Tai Kwun invites all visitors on a journey of discovery that unites multiple genres of arts, heritage, culture and lifestyle in Hong Kong. Here, you will discover the rich heritage of the site through the thematic exhibitions and immersive public programmes that explore Hong Kong’s history and culture, alongside a multitude of vibrant and inclusive contemporary art presentations and performing arts offerings all year round. Tai Kwun, which means ‘big station’ in Chinese, is the colloquial name used by Hong Kong people to refer to the former police headquarters and the surrounding compound. The name has been adopted as a reminder of the historical importance of this living heritage site.

Address: 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong Island
Website: http://www.taikwun.hk/en/


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Shingo Art

Japanese celebrity Shingo Katori has recently joined the fray of the Hong Kong street art scene to present a vibrant, red painting underneath one section of the Central–Mid-Levels escalator. The choice of colour, the Bauhinia motifs and the miniature skyline are all in tribute to Hong Kong. Take a step back and you’ll find that together, these elements form an image of a dragon.

Address: Intersection of Hollywood Road and Shelley Street, Central, Hong Kong Island


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PMQ

Located in the prime location of SOHO in Hong Kong, PMQ, the Grade III historic building, once housed the Central School campus and the Police Married Quarters. PMQ has now been revitalised and transformed into a landmark of creative industries in Asia’s World City with over 100 Hong Kong designers showcasing a variety of design products through workshops and studios. PMQ is also the hottest venue in town for international design and cultural events, eg deTour, the annual design festival; PMQ Coffee Agenda, a coffee-themed market; and Creative Workshop Series @PMQ, a year-round programme featuring a variety of creative workshops etc, fostering local design and creativity.

Address: 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong Island
Website: http://www.pmq.org.hk


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Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong, Bridges Street Centre

In the early 20th century, the Bridges Street Centre of the Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong was a major social centre for the Chinese youth community and boasted enviable facilities, such as a fitness centre, restaurants and a hostel, as well as Hong Kong’s very first indoor swimming pool. Hong Kong’s architecture was greatly enriched when Western and Chinese influences came together during the colonial era. It is a perfect example of the harmonious mixture of Western and Chinese building techniques. Completed in 1918, the centre is a six-storey blend of Chicago School architecture and local roofing techniques. Visit the official website for more details about the history of the centre.

Address: 51 Bridges Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island
Website: http://bsc.ymca.org.hk/en


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Man Mo Temple

Man Mo Temple is a stunning complex estimated to have been built more than 150 years ago. It comprises three blocks, each serving different purposes. The namesake structure, Man Mo Temple, pays tribute to the God of Literature and the God of War, while Lit Shing Kung was created for all heavenly gods. Finally, Kung Sor was an assembly hall for resolving community disputes.

A great place to visit for history lovers, the well-preserved historic building houses a bronze bell dating back to 1847 and a sedan chair from 1862. The structure itself is just as fascinating, and comprises granite pillars, granite door frames, engraved wood plaques and ancient mural paintings all demonstrating the art of Chinese architecture and traditional craftsmanship.

Address: 124-126 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island
Website: http://www.tungwah.org.hk/en/heritage/historical-architecture/man-mo-temple/


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Artlane

Discover more wonderful street art Hong Kong has to offer and venture out towards Sai Ying Pun’s ARTLANE, where local and international artists have turned the building walls of Ki Ling Lane and Chung Ching Street into a kaleidoscopic canvas.

Address: ARTLANE, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong Island


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H Queen’s

Situated in the bustling thoroughfare of Queen's Road Central, H Queen's houses renowned international galleries and premium restaurants. Expect an elevated art-viewing experience at these multi-floor galleries and plenty of large-scale installations that wouldn’t fit in other locations. Click here to check out the art happenings at H Queen’s before your visit!

Address: 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong Island
Website: http://www.hqueens.com.hk/html/eng/index.shtml


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Fringe Club

Situated amid the hustle and bustle of Central, Fringe Club distinguishes itself from the surrounding high-rises with a neoclassical exterior made of milky white and brown bricks. Since it inhabited part of the Old Dairy Farm Depot in 1984, the Fringe Club has been a celebrated exhibition and performance venue, and has helped introduce experimental works to the city’s art scene. Catch a host of poetry reading sessions, exhibitions, plays and musical performances while you’re here — just check the events calendar ahead of time to see what's on.

Address: 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong Island
Website: http://www.hkfringeclub.com/en


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Tai Kwun

Tai Kwun is a cultural destination for inspiration, stimulation and enjoyment, it aspires to offer the best heritage and arts experiences, and to cultivate knowledge and appreciation of contemporary art, performing arts and history in the community. Tai Kwun invites all visitors on a journey of discovery that unites multiple genres of arts, heritage, culture and lifestyle in Hong Kong. Here, you will discover the rich heritage of the site through the thematic exhibitions and immersive public programmes that explore Hong Kong’s history and culture, alongside a multitude of vibrant and inclusive contemporary art presentations and performing arts offerings all year round. Tai Kwun, which means ‘big station’ in Chinese, is the colloquial name used by Hong Kong people to refer to the former police headquarters and the surrounding compound. The name has been adopted as a reminder of the historical importance of this living heritage site.

Address: 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong Island
Website: http://www.taikwun.hk/en/


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Arty highlights
Get me there
Shingo Art

Japanese celebrity Shingo Katori has recently joined the fray of the Hong Kong street art scene to present a vibrant, red painting underneath one section of the Central–Mid-Levels escalator. The choice of colour, the Bauhinia motifs and the miniature skyline are all in tribute to Hong Kong. Take a step back and you’ll find that together, these elements form an image of a dragon.

Address: Intersection of Hollywood Road and Shelley Street, Central, Hong Kong Island


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Arty highlights
Get me there
PMQ

Located in the prime location of SOHO in Hong Kong, PMQ, the Grade III historic building, once housed the Central School campus and the Police Married Quarters. PMQ has now been revitalised and transformed into a landmark of creative industries in Asia’s World City with over 100 Hong Kong designers showcasing a variety of design products through workshops and studios. PMQ is also the hottest venue in town for international design and cultural events, eg deTour, the annual design festival; PMQ Coffee Agenda, a coffee-themed market; and Creative Workshop Series @PMQ, a year-round programme featuring a variety of creative workshops etc, fostering local design and creativity.

Address: 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong Island
Website: http://www.pmq.org.hk


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Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong, Bridges Street Centre

In the early 20th century, the Bridges Street Centre of the Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong was a major social centre for the Chinese youth community and boasted enviable facilities, such as a fitness centre, restaurants and a hostel, as well as Hong Kong’s very first indoor swimming pool. Hong Kong’s architecture was greatly enriched when Western and Chinese influences came together during the colonial era. It is a perfect example of the harmonious mixture of Western and Chinese building techniques. Completed in 1918, the centre is a six-storey blend of Chicago School architecture and local roofing techniques. Visit the official website for more details about the history of the centre.

Address: 51 Bridges Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island
Website: http://bsc.ymca.org.hk/en


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Man Mo Temple

Man Mo Temple is a stunning complex estimated to have been built more than 150 years ago. It comprises three blocks, each serving different purposes. The namesake structure, Man Mo Temple, pays tribute to the God of Literature and the God of War, while Lit Shing Kung was created for all heavenly gods. Finally, Kung Sor was an assembly hall for resolving community disputes.

A great place to visit for history lovers, the well-preserved historic building houses a bronze bell dating back to 1847 and a sedan chair from 1862. The structure itself is just as fascinating, and comprises granite pillars, granite door frames, engraved wood plaques and ancient mural paintings all demonstrating the art of Chinese architecture and traditional craftsmanship.

Address: 124-126 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island
Website: http://www.tungwah.org.hk/en/heritage/historical-architecture/man-mo-temple/


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Artlane

Discover more wonderful street art Hong Kong has to offer and venture out towards Sai Ying Pun’s ARTLANE, where local and international artists have turned the building walls of Ki Ling Lane and Chung Ching Street into a kaleidoscopic canvas.

Address: ARTLANE, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong Island


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