Exploring in Kowloon
Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple and Kowloon Walled City Park
On our first day in Hong Kong, we had the pleasure of hanging out with Joshua and Anna who were visiting from Ireland and the UK. We had a superb dim sum lunch, shopped for lenses in Mongkok, coffee in Wan Chai and dinner with Sharon and Leighton in Causeway Bay. A full-on great day.
On day two Helen and Robert invited us on a trip to see the Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple, Kowloon Walled City and to us, this was a new area to explore in Kowloon.
Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple
The first stop on our day trip was at the Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple. The temple is a famous tourist attraction in the north end of Kowloon and it was indeed busy on this Saturday morning. Hundreds if not thousands of worshippers were lighting incents and praying. People from all walks of life gather here and it was a rich cultural experience for us.
Kowloon Walled City Park
Next up was the Kowloon Walled City Park. We had seen a documentary on Youtube about the walled city and wanted to know more. It is truly a fascinating story about people living in extreme density. Look it up before you visit.
Wikipedia has this to say about the walled city:
Kowloon Walled City was a largely-ungoverned densely-populated settlement in Kowloon City in Hong Kong. Originally a Chinese military fort, the Walled City became an enclave after the New Territories were leased to Britain by China in 1898. Its population increased dramatically following the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong during World War II. By 1987, the Walled City contained 33,000 residents within its 2.6-hectare (6.4-acre) borders. From the 1950s to the 1970s, it was controlled by local triads and had high rates of prostitution, gambling, and drug abuse. In January 1987, the Hong Kong government announced plans to demolish the Walled City. (Wikipedia Photo).
The Demolition was completed in 1994 and in December of 1995, the Walled City Park was opened.
We wandered the street in Kowloon. Combined, we have spent more than a couple of months in Hong Kong and are amazed there is so much more to see and explore. This was an entirely new area of the city to us and want to thank Helen and Robert for the initiative.