Boasting a history of more than 170 years, the former Central Police Station Compound has been preserved and transformed into a massive, all-encompassing arts and culture hub after extensive conservation efforts. Comprising of 16 heritage buildings and two newly built ones to house contemporary art gallery spaces, visit Tai Kwun to marvel at the beautiful Neoclassical architecture, as well as original structures that have been repurposed into retail shops and various bars and restaurants. Tai Kwun also hosts curated art exhibitions, performances, workshops, film screenings and guided tours, so be sure to check ahead for schedules and details.
One of the oldest yet also most dynamic districts in the city, Old Town Central – encompassing the sloped streets and small alleys of Central and Sheung Wan with Hollywood Road at the heart of it all – encapsulates Hong Kong’s rich and diverse spirit. A place where century-old temples share the same streets as fashion-forward concept stores, or where authentic tea houses coexist with modern art galleries, this colourful neighbourhood is both old and new while also being proudly local and unmistakably global.
Art plays also a huge role in Old Town Central as well. Home to heritage buildings revamped into stunning destinations like Tai Kwun and PMQ, sleek art institutions such as H Queen’s that house world-class galleries and auction houses, not to mention numerous captivating street art that graces the walls of alleyways, Old Town Central is bursting at the seams with creativity.
Whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in our city’s rich history and culture or satisfy your inner foodie with tasty local treats, this guide will lead you to some of the best things that Old Town Central has to offer.
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