Yan Tun Kong Study Hall

Yan Tun Kong Study Hall, Hong Kong

Yan Tun Kong Study Hall
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China139,100 contributions
Stop 8 on the Ping Shan Heritage Trail
Oct 2021
The Yan Tun Kong Study Hall is stop 8 on the Ping Shan Heritage Trail in the Yuen Long District. It is located along one of the small lanes east of the main trail through a heavily inhabited area just north of the Tang Ancestral Hall (stop 7). Surrounded by residencies, this is an interesting but somewhat difficult attraction to find so do make sure to have the self-walk trail map with you as street signage is not particular helpful until you arrive at the entrance of the study hall. Opening hours are 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm daily (closed on Tuesdays).

Historically, this Declared Monument building (2009) served as a traditional ancestral hall, a venue for teaching and examination preparations. Today, it continues to host seasonal festivities and clan gatherings. What you will see here is rather similar to that of the impressive Yu Kiu and Tang Ancestral Halls but on a noticeably smaller scale.

The study hall is a two-hall structure with only one open courtyard. The grey bricked facade is decorated with nice murals and ridge motifs. Within, there are lovely carved tuofeng (camel humps) motifs upon the wooden beams holding up the study hall roofs. There is a beautiful ancestral altar as well as information panels describing the restoration efforts that brought the building back to its original splendour in 2009.

Overall, well worth a few minutes to make sure you find and see the Yan Tun Kong Study Hall. With a trail map, it isn't too difficult to find your way there. Afterwards, return to the main trail and continue onwards towards the Old Well (stop 8) and Yeung Hau Temple (stop 9) just a few minutes away on foot.
Written October 18, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

BradJill
Hong Kong, China139,100 contributions
One of the declared monument buildings along the Ping Shan Heritage Trail
Apr 2016 • Solo
Yan Tun Kong Study Hall is one of the declared monuments of the Ping Shan Heritage Trail, situated a couple minutes north of Tang Ancestral Hall and Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall. There are red colour signs pointing the way to this recently restored attraction in the village of Hang Tau Tsuen at Yuen Long. Opening Hours are 9am to 1pm and 2-5pm daily (closed on Tuesdays)

The Yan Tun Kong Study Hall played an important role in village life in past centuries, being the location where children were educated and prepared for the Imperial Civil Service Exams. It also provided accommodation for visiting scholars. After the abolition of the Imperial Exams, the building was used to provide modern education per mandate of the Crown until it was replaced with the construction of the Tat Tak School in the early 1930s.

Historically, the building has undergone several restorations, the most recent just a few years ago, giving it a rather pleasant, restored appearance which you can enjoy. The exterior facade is of grey brick construction with plaster motifs and murals around the ridge of the roof.

Inside the study hall, you will find a two hall structure with a typical centre courtyard. The second chamber includes a shrine as well as panels providing historical accounts of the building as well as other information regarding the Ping Shan Heritage Trail.

In the end, this is one of several very interesting historical buildings that you can see along the Ping Shan Heritage Trail. It is not difficult to find if you are using a Heritage Trail map and simply follow the red signs. It can be conveniently visited between stops at the Yeung Hau Temple and the Tang Ancestral Hall.
Written May 2, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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