3 relics declared monuments

May 20, 2022

Jamia Mosque and Hong Kong City Hall in Central, and Lui Seng Chun in Mong Kok have been declared as monuments.


The declarations were gazetted today under the Antiquities & Monuments Ordinance.


Jamia Mosque, built between 1915 and 1916, is the oldest mosque in Hong Kong. It was constructed with concrete and bricks with an elongated rectangular plan built along an east-west axis, with its entrance at the east and the Qibla wall at the west facing the Holy Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the birth place of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.


Rich Islamic mosque architectural features can be seen at Jamia Mosque, such as the minaret crowned by a dome decorated with a finial, the pointed multifoil archways at the entrance portico and doorways and the pointed arches above the coloured glazed windows.


Officially opened in 1962 by the then Governor Robert Black, Hong Kong City Hall was the first multi-purpose cultural complex open to all citizens of the city. It comprises the Low Block, the Memorial Garden and the High Block, which are well connected through a covered walkway.


City Hall is a rare and significant example of modernist architecture, which sets an architectural trend in Hong Kong and has become a landmark.


Lui Seng Chun, a four-storey tong lau, was built in 1931 and owned by Lui Leung, one of the founders of the Kowloon Motor Bus Company (1933). In 2003, the Lui family donated the building to the Government for preservation, an unprecedented donation in Hong Kong.


Designed by W H Bourne, Lui Seng Chun is of a neo-classical style mixed with art deco elements such as sweeping horizontal lines and robust classical details. Moreover, its main front elevation adopts a curved design.


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