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Commemorative Couplets


  • Between the late 19th and early 20th century,  it was common practice for organisations to invite famous calligraphers or Qing Dynasty officials to share their brushstrokes through couplets.
  • Stone couplets found in the building were made of granite, with the calligraphy inscribed by artisans.

  • In the past, Po Leung Kuk’s couplets were made of wood, but stone became the standard after the headquarters relocation to Causeway Bay.

  • Several pairs of couplets in the building was written by Zhu Ru-zhen. Zhu was known for ranked second in the last imperial examination in history, which can be identified by the scripts of his personal seal inscribed on the couplet.

  • The couplets' calligraphy features the Chancellery style, which was Zhu’s regularly used script and saw standard  usage in imperial court documents.

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