Po Leung Kuk Museum
Po Leung Heritage
Built in 1932, the Main Building of Po Leung Kuk has been home for countless of children admitted to the charity. Recognised as a Grade II historic building by the Government in 2009, Main Building is a witness to the Kuk’s charitable works in Causeway Bay since the late 20th century, and is one of the few historical buildings that retain their original purposes.
Despite ongoing pandemic, we invite you to use our self-guided tour programme – “Po Leung Heritage”. Listen to audio guide and browse through historical photos to appreciate Main Building’s architectural features and the Kuk’s untold stories.
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Po Leung Architecture
The architectural style of the Main Building is predominately neo-classical, with an emphasis on structural simplicity and solemnness. Contemporary Art Deco style, popular at that time, was also incorporated into the design as an artistic touch. The combination of tradition and contemporary is an visual representation of the Kuk’s pragmatic and enterprising aspirations.
Classics & Traditions
Contrary to the façade designed with Western architectural influence, the Main Building’s corridors are decorated with Chinese stone couplets and inscriptions. Written by former Qing imperial scholar-officials, who were well-versed figures in Chinese classics in their time, these stone couplets and inscriptions are not only documentation of history, but also possess rich artistic value in calligraphy and carries the tradition of Chinese classics.
Culture of Charity
Established in 1878, Po Leung Kuk is one of the oldest charitable organisations in Hong Kong and has formed its unique tradition and culture along the way. Traditional elements like porcelain photos, paintings and inscriptions to celebration of our patron god Kwai Ti’s blessings, as well as Po Leung Kuk’s charitable spirit allow the Kuk stand unique amongst Hong Kong’s charitable organisations.
Po Leung Garden
The lush greenery maintained in front of the Main Building has been providing a secluded and tranquil retreat in the bustling environment for its residing children. With the King Yin Pavilion inspired by Chinese Renaissance architectural style set against the Western-style Main Building in the background, the duo embodies the essence of East meets West in Hong Kong.
Po Leung Kuk Historical Lecture Series 2020
Po Leung Kuk Museum, in collaboration with Centre for Hong Kong History and Culture Studies, Chu Hai College of Higher Education, The Conservancy Association Centre for Heritage (CACHe) and Society of Hong Kong History present this new series of historical lectures, discussing social issues in early 20th century Hong Kong and how did the Chinese community responded.
(Lecture recordings available in Cantonese only.)
Lecturers（according to lectures schedule）:
Professor Siu Kwok Kin (Centre for Hong Kong History and Culture Studies)
Ms Yeung Sau Ling (Po Leung Kuk Museum)
Dr Billy Tang Ka Jau (Society of Hong Kong History)
Dr Wong King Chung (The Conservancy Association Centre for Heritage)
Professor Yau Chi On (Centre for Hong Kong History and Culture Studies)
History through Architectures of
Po Leung Kuk Headquarters
Ms Yeung Sau Ling
Public Security Organisations for Chinese in early 20th Century Hong Kong
Professor Siu Kwok Kin
Po Leung Kuk Directors and
Hong Kong Buddhism
Dr Billy Tang Ka Jau
Divine Justice: Kwan Ti Beliefs and
Early Services of Po Leung Kuk
Dr Wong King Chung
Charity Deeds of Po Leung Kuk Directors
in 1920 to 1940
Professor Yau Chi On
Po Leung Kuk and Kwan Ti Traditions
Located inside the Main Building, the Kwan Ti Hall houses the altar of Kwan Ti, the god of loyalty, justice, benevolence and courage. As one of the most loved spot of our Museum, it presents to visitors the Kuk’s culture of Kwan Ti worshipping.
This tradition can be traced back as early as the establishment of the Kuk in 19th century. From adoptions to marriages of the Kuk’s residents, many ceremonies were held solemnly in front of the altar of Kwan Ti. Each year, the Kuk celebrates the birthday of Kwan Ti on the 24th June of the lunar calendar, where past directors,government officials and dignitaries would be invited to join the Board to offer sacrifices to Kwan Ti and continue our tradition. Click on the videos below and learn more about Po Leung Kuk and Kwan Ti Traditions!
(Videos available in Cantonese only.)
2019 Po Leung Kuk Kwan Ti Festival
Po Leung Kuk and Kwan Ti Culture in Hong Kong (Part 1)
Po Leung Kuk and Kwan Ti Culture in Hong Kong (Part 2)
Po Learn From Home: Family Worksheets
Fancy an educational and enjoyable time with your children? Download our family worksheets specially designed for kindergarten and primary school kids!
Explore our rich and long history from our Kuk emblem and the historic Main Building!
- History of the Main Building （suitable for kindergarten students）
- Decoding the Emblem（suitable for kindergarten students）
- Decoding the Emblem（suitable for primary school students）
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