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.