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Unseen urban arts in West Kowloon
Between bustling shopping malls and crowded residential areas, the West Kowloon neighbourhood is filled to the brim with artsy gems hidden in plain sight. Whether you're an art junkie, an avid photographer, an architecture lover or even a history buff, there are surprises waiting for you around every corner. Follow our intricate guide right here and prepare to rediscover one of the most fascinating districts in Hong Kong.
Tung Nam Lou Art Hotel

Tung Nam Lou is a heritage building converted into a boutique art hotel. It was once a neighbourhood seafood restaurant before transforming into an office building and finally into a celebration of arts and local culture.

Address: 68 Portland Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
Website: https://tungnamlou.com/


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Red Brick Building

Formerly known as the Overseers’ Quarters and service facilities of the Former Pumping Station in Yau Ma Tei, the Red Brick Building is architecturally distinctive in its red brick exterior, striking a bold contrast against its modern, sky-scraping neighbours. The Red Brick Building serves as the administration office of the Yau Ma Tei Theatre.

Situated next to the Red Brick Building on the right cheek of an old tong lau sits a surrealist mural created by Italian artist PixelPancho in 2017.

Address: 8 Waterloo Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
Website: https://www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/ymtt/aboutus/introduction/history.html


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Tin Hau Temple, Yau Ma Tei

This Tin Hau Temple is the largest temple complex dedicated to Tin Hau in Kowloon. Erected around 1865, this was originally a small temple in the area now known as Pak Hoi Street, and was relocated to its current spot by the boat people and villagers who lived in Yau Ma Tei.

Address: Temple Street, Public Square Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
Website: https://temples.tungwahcsd.org/tin-hau-temple-yaumatei?_lang=en


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Former Yau Ma Tei Police Station

The Former Yau Ma Tei Police Station was built in 1922 with Edwardian architecture in mind. The station itself has been closed since mid-2016, with policing duties carried out from a newer station on Yau Cheung Road instead. Of the whole compound, only a small reporting centre remains open to the public.

Address: 627 Canton Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
Website: https://www.gohk.gov.hk/eng/welcome/ymt_spots.html?spots=33


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Koon Nam Wah

Opened in the 1920s, Chinese bridalwear store Koon Nam Wah (冠南華) specialises in intricately embroidered cheongsam and kwan kwa (traditional gowns), often bearing an auspicious dragon and phoenix pattern, which were considered as regal motifs favoured by Chinese emperors as well as brides and grooms.

Address: Shop 16, G/F & 1/F, 383 Nathan Road, Ping On Building, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
Website: https://www.koonnamwahbridal.com


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Xiqu Centre

For a touch of world-class performing arts, turn your eyes towards the Xiqu Centre, Hong Kong’s premier venue for Chinese opera, which hosts riveting performances and musical concerts, as well as film screenings and various related educational activities.

Address: 88 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Website: https://www.westkowloon.hk/en/xiqucentre#overview


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M+

Explore the heart and soul of the West Kowloon Cultural District at M+. With collections encompassing 20th- and 21st-century visual art, design and architecture, moving images, and the thematic area of Hong Kong visual culture, M+ is Asia’s first global museum of contemporary visual culture.

Address: West Kowloon Cultural District, 38 Museum Drive, Kowloon
Website: https://mplus.org.hk/en/


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Freespace

Freespace is Hong Kong’s centre for contemporary performances. It is a versatile space for pushing artistic boundaries and promoting creative exchanges. At the livehouse on the ground floor, you can fuel up with craft beers, cocktails, bar bites, and live music performances.

Address: Freespace, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, Kowloon
Website: https://www.westkowloon.hk/en/freespace#overview


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Hong Kong Palace Museum

Hong Kong Palace Museum is a collaborative project between the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and the Palace Museum committed to the study and appreciation of Chinese art and culture, while advancing dialogue among world civilisations through international partnerships. The museum will present the finest objects from the Palace Museum and other important cultural institutions around the world. In addition, it will also lead community engagement programmes to promote creativity and interdisciplinary collaboration to the public.

Address: West Kowloon Cultural District, 8 Museum Drive, Kowloon
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Tung Nam Lou Art Hotel

Tung Nam Lou is a heritage building converted into a boutique art hotel. It was once a neighbourhood seafood restaurant before transforming into an office building and finally into a celebration of arts and local culture.

Address: 68 Portland Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
Website: https://tungnamlou.com/


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Red Brick Building

Formerly known as the Overseers’ Quarters and service facilities of the Former Pumping Station in Yau Ma Tei, the Red Brick Building is architecturally distinctive in its red brick exterior, striking a bold contrast against its modern, sky-scraping neighbours. The Red Brick Building serves as the administration office of the Yau Ma Tei Theatre.

Situated next to the Red Brick Building on the right cheek of an old tong lau sits a surrealist mural created by Italian artist PixelPancho in 2017.

Address: 8 Waterloo Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
Website: https://www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/ymtt/aboutus/introduction/history.html


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Tin Hau Temple, Yau Ma Tei

This Tin Hau Temple is the largest temple complex dedicated to Tin Hau in Kowloon. Erected around 1865, this was originally a small temple in the area now known as Pak Hoi Street, and was relocated to its current spot by the boat people and villagers who lived in Yau Ma Tei.

Address: Temple Street, Public Square Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
Website: https://temples.tungwahcsd.org/tin-hau-temple-yaumatei?_lang=en


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Former Yau Ma Tei Police Station

The Former Yau Ma Tei Police Station was built in 1922 with Edwardian architecture in mind. The station itself has been closed since mid-2016, with policing duties carried out from a newer station on Yau Cheung Road instead. Of the whole compound, only a small reporting centre remains open to the public.

Address: 627 Canton Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
Website: https://www.gohk.gov.hk/eng/welcome/ymt_spots.html?spots=33


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Koon Nam Wah

Opened in the 1920s, Chinese bridalwear store Koon Nam Wah (冠南華) specialises in intricately embroidered cheongsam and kwan kwa (traditional gowns), often bearing an auspicious dragon and phoenix pattern, which were considered as regal motifs favoured by Chinese emperors as well as brides and grooms.

Address: Shop 16, G/F & 1/F, 383 Nathan Road, Ping On Building, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
Website: https://www.koonnamwahbridal.com


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Xiqu Centre

For a touch of world-class performing arts, turn your eyes towards the Xiqu Centre, Hong Kong’s premier venue for Chinese opera, which hosts riveting performances and musical concerts, as well as film screenings and various related educational activities.

Address: 88 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Website: https://www.westkowloon.hk/en/xiqucentre#overview


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M+

Explore the heart and soul of the West Kowloon Cultural District at M+. With collections encompassing 20th- and 21st-century visual art, design and architecture, moving images, and the thematic area of Hong Kong visual culture, M+ is Asia’s first global museum of contemporary visual culture.

Address: West Kowloon Cultural District, 38 Museum Drive, Kowloon
Website: https://mplus.org.hk/en/


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Freespace

Freespace is Hong Kong’s centre for contemporary performances. It is a versatile space for pushing artistic boundaries and promoting creative exchanges. At the livehouse on the ground floor, you can fuel up with craft beers, cocktails, bar bites, and live music performances.

Address: Freespace, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, Kowloon
Website: https://www.westkowloon.hk/en/freespace#overview


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Hong Kong Palace Museum

Hong Kong Palace Museum is a collaborative project between the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and the Palace Museum committed to the study and appreciation of Chinese art and culture, while advancing dialogue among world civilisations through international partnerships. The museum will present the finest objects from the Palace Museum and other important cultural institutions around the world. In addition, it will also lead community engagement programmes to promote creativity and interdisciplinary collaboration to the public.

Address: West Kowloon Cultural District, 8 Museum Drive, Kowloon
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