Kowloon Walled City Park

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BradJill
Hong Kong, China146,770 contributions
Apr 2022
The Kowloon Walled City Park is one of the most interesting city parks in Hong Kong. It is an attractive park centred around the site of the 19th-century Qing Dynasty fort which became the infamous Kowloon Walled City in the 20th century. The park is a tranquil place to enjoy beautiful gardens while learning important local history at the same time.

Historically, this is the location where fortifications were built in the early 19th-century to house Qing Dynasty forces in response to the arrival of the British. After WWII, an 'anything goes' city sprung up within the old fort grounds. It became known as the Kowloon Walled City, which was up to 16 stories of tightly packed illegal structures of residents and small businesses. The walled city was demolished by the HK authorities in the early 1990s and the grounds were then converted into the city park that you can visit and enjoy today.

Much of the park is designed as a Jingnan style garden and includes lovely pavilions, traditional walls, moon gate entrance courtyards surrounded by attractive landscaping, very tall trees, ponds, waterfall and streams. Other sections of the park are of more modern layout with grassy areas near to the Kowloon City Plaza Mall for seating as well as sporting and leisure grounds at the Carpenter Road Park area.

For fans of history and architecture, the historic Yamen (Alm's House) building is well worth spending time while visiting the Kowloon Walled City. This is an original structure from the old Qing Dynasty Fort that survived the days of the Walled City and remains as a reminder of both important periods of history for visitors today. You'll see exhibition panels and models of the 19th century fort and 20th century Walled City. In the back there are six rooms with visual exhibits as well. Just outside the Yamen building, you can also see relics discovered during excavations, including the famous Remnants of the South Gate.

Note: The Sung Wong Toi MTR Station (Tuen Ma line) opened a couple years ago. From Exit B1 & B2, you are 5 minute walk to the park. Alternatively, you can use the Lok Fu MTR Station (Kwun Tong line) which is a 12-15 minute walk from the park.
Written April 20, 2022
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Joseph T
Hong Kong, China2,749 contributions
Nov 2020
The park was converted from a notorious “walled city” within a city. This was a special zone where it was not officially ruled by the Hong Kong government but the late Qing dynasty. It was very special in the colonial history & was torn down after signing the Sino-British agreement on Hong Kong. With restoration according to an ancient southern China buildings & parks, the new park has been very scenic. The Qing county officer building has been restored to show its historical glory.
Written November 19, 2020
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China146,770 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
There is a tremendous amount of history associated with the Kowloon Walled City Park. This is the location of the infamous Kowloon Walled City, an early 19th century Qing Dynasty fortification that in time devolved into an 'anything goes' city of its own, a cluster of tightly packed building up to 16 stories. The Walled City basically existed as its own entity existing within the boundaries of Hong Kong until it was formally demolished in the early 1990s.

Today, what you will find as an open public park laid out in Jingnan style garden with pavilions, ponds, streams and nicely landscaped grounds. There are pavilions, other structures of traditional Chinese architecture as well as a few remnants of the old Walled City, such as the foundation of the South Gate and the Yamen building, the sole surviving structure of the early fort garrison.

Within the Yamen building, you'll find a decent exhibition regarding the history of the Kowloon Walled City, providing a brief historical context surrounding the grounds that you are walking within the park. Here you'll be able to learn a bit about the lives of residents of the Walled City in the 20th century.

In the end, the Kowloon Walled City Park is an interesting attraction in Hong Kong. You can combine a visit here with the interesting Hau Wong Temple, just north of the park. Allow a couple of hours transportation and sightseeing time to visit both.

Tip: The easiest way to visit the Kowloon Walled City Park is via Lok Fu MTR (exit B). Just follow the signs and walk down Junction Road (10-15 minutes).
Written April 12, 2019
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ALB215
Hong Kong, China63 contributions
May 2017 • Family
I am a bit bias here, because the Kowloon Walled City was my home for over a decade before it was demolished in the early 90s. I often take my children back here and tell them the history.
The 3D sculpture at the entrance is a good replica of what the Walled City was like. You will see that the buildings are literally built next to one another, without any government regulation. It brings back lots of memories.
The big drawing next to it tries to depict another dimension of what life was like back then.
The 2 canons are original, dated back many years ago. The Yamen is part of the original government building. This reflects that fact that the Kowloon Walled City was originally built as a garrison, a milliary outpost of the Ching dynasty.
The exhibits inside are not as good as I want, but it does give you a feel of the old life. The big photographs in one of the rooms come from the book "The City of Darkness".
The foundation and the original plague with inscription is right outside the Yamen. This is the real thing.
The Chinese garden around it is worth a walk. There's a broken big plague from the previous school.
I hope the Hong Kong government will do a better job in creating a better exhibition. This is a special part of the Hong Kong and China history.
The park is not big, but worth a visit.
Written May 19, 2017
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Thoi D
Geneva, Switzerland81 contributions
Apr 2018 • Solo
It was a slum, it was a hub for drugs, prostitution, illegal gambling, and so on.

But it was also a community of less privileged people helping each other to make ends meet. Yes, there were loads of illegal dentists, but most, if not all of them were fully licensed in China, and couldn't get licenses in HK for the lack of English.

Would you believe in such a place, people don't lock their doors because entrances were shared by several families? People who lived here had fond memories of the place. I spoke to a staff member and he told me he went there to visit when he was 18, and the place was perfectly safe.

This place is a must see, the guide is very knowledgeable; I took the 15:00 tour, it was in Cantonese. I don't know if other languages are available.

The buses 1, 1A and 26 get you here from Tsim Sha Tsui.
Written April 5, 2018
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ThuanSoldier
Hanoi, Vietnam58 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
If you ever have chance to visit Hong Kong, count Kowloon Walled Park City in the list of must-visit places. Kowloon Walled City Park is part of Hong Kong's history in which you can see a real imperial palace inside the modern city. If you have ever watched Chinese historical movie, you would realize that see Kowloon Walled Park City is very much alike where king, wife and concubine stay together. With pure air in a quiet place, you can hear the sound of flowing water. A small accent house placed in a lake makes you feel restful after working hard. Do not forget bringing your camera when visiting Kowloon Walled Park City.

Go to Lok Fu station then take bus to Kowloon Walled Park City that takes only 10 minutes with the charge of 20-25 HKD.
Written May 4, 2014
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fareastjim
Hong Kong, China446 contributions
Apr 2013 • Couples
This enclave was never included in the 1898 lease of the New Territories. It was known for its vice, prostitution and gambling. In the 1980's the Hong Kong government acquired the area. The residents were rehoused, the slums pulled down, a beautiful park was created. The almshouse contains displays and information on the history of the walled city. There are also the remnants of two of the original gates. We particularly enjoyed the exhibition especially watching the video interviews of residents talking about life in the walled city. We also loved walking around the park, enjoying the pavilions, hedges and ponds and watching the locals enjoying their Sunday.
Written April 29, 2013
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Winnie Y
Hong Kong, China228 contributions
Mar 2013 • Friends
HK gov't has done a superb job to turn this notorious site of the past into a very tranquil park for the people to enjoy (if there is such a thing turning a black swan into white) ! This park is safe and no way any "homeless" will be allowed, there is guard monitor the park by the entrance until the park is closed after dark. Even the local family recreation park outside the walled city park is safe, there is a circular bike lane for children and a football field for adult to enjoy. Benches are all around both the walled and outside family parks, it is as safe as many other parks in HK.
Anyway, good to see the old wall is still intacted, within the wall are those new traditional style chinese pagodas, the historical old trees by the front entrance building, the flowers and listening to the birds sing, just allow yourself melt into the surrounding, you will easily forget you are still in this bustling city. As you walk around the stone designed pavement, there are plenty of historical description are posted through out the park, no tour guide is necessary. After you finish strolling around the park, just walk to those close by streets across from the park, there are many great restaurants around. In fact, if you love Thai cuisine, Kowloon City is the place to go, after this tranquil Walled City Park.
Written April 5, 2013
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Donna D
Hong Kong, China32 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
We took a cross-harbour bus to what we call the "dark side" of Hong Kong and were pleasantly surprised. While I wish they had more photos of the fascinating Kowloon walled city on exhibit, there was enough there to wet the appetite and make me want to learn more about this part of Hong Kong's varied history. The gardens, pools, buildings and stone pathways are just delightful. A festival of colours and textures to tantalize the eyes. If you are lucky, you may bump into Uncle Man, a lovely older man who volunteers as a guide.. If you do, you are in for a treat! He has an abundance of knowledge on the place. He is also famous for being asked to speak at TEDxYouth HK in 2013.
Written April 30, 2018
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Walkhome
Milton Keynes250 contributions
Feb 2016 • Couples
Kowloon Walled City was an infamous warren of crime and a no go area. This 'slum' was demolished and the people who lived there rehoused. Was the land used for housing or yet another shopping mall? No, a lovely park was created. We took Bus Number 1 from the Tsim Sha Tsui ferry pier terminus and got off at Tung Tau Tsuen Road. An entrance to the park is opposite the bus stop and there are public toilets there too. We enjoyed wandering the pathways and seeing some of the short films and photographs which gave a flavour of the old city. We found the gardens, pools and pavilions well worth the visit.
Written March 10, 2016
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