Lok Fu Station opened in 1979 as part of the very first MTR line that ran 15.6 km from Kwun Tong to Shek Kip Mei (now part of the Kwun Tong Line). Originally, the proposed name of the station was Lo Fu Am – meaning 'tiger crag' in reference to its location near Lion Rock. However, the word lo fu – meaning tiger – was deemed too inauspicious and unlucky according to Chinese beliefs. In light of this, it was decided that the name of the station should be changed to lok fu, which means 'joyous prosperity'. Lok Fu Station was therefore born as a herald of joy, peace, and prosperity to the neighbourhood it serves.