Attraction 175 Tung Hei Road. Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong Published on: 02-08-2016
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Why Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence is special ?
What to explore at Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence?
he museum exhibits the history of military defence along the Hong Kong coast dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It covers an area of about 34,200 square meters (8.45 acres) and is made up of three main sections---the Reception area, the Redoubt and the Historical Trail. The Reception Area is the major entrance to the museum. Herein you will find the parking lot, the reception hall, passengers' lifts and the lecture hall. The Redoubt is the central structure in the museum and is covered with a tent-like roof. It has two floors---the lower floor is used for thematic exhibitions and the upper floor is intended for long-term exhibitions. At the entrance to the Redoubt, there are gift shops selling souvenirs and books. Rest Rooms and dining rooms are located toward the rear of the structure. The Historical Trail traverses the Lei Yue Mun Headland and contains more than ten restored military relics. The trail features military installations including batteries, an ammunition depot and a torpedo station.
How to get to Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence?
Tram: The best scenic route from Central or anywhere to the west is to take the tram for 2.3 HKD (30 cents USD). It is a favorite of a lot of locals. You can see the view from the top deck. It takes as long as an hour from Central to the end station at Shau Kei Wan. Then follow the tourist signs.
MTR: Exit B2 of Shau Kei Wan Station (8 HKD from Central).
Taxi: address: 香港海防博物館, 香港筲箕灣東喜道175號.
- Hong Kong maritime history explained
- Great Place to learn about History
- Very interesting museum
- A very special and refreshing experience
- Nice place mostly for the view
175 Tung Hei Road. Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong
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For $10HKD, you get a thorough walk through of Hong Kong's history. Best value museum I've been to.
The combination of a renovated coastal fort to explore (kids will enjoy), plus well-curated exhibitions make this museum worth a visit for most visitors to Hong Kong. Coastal defence is put in the context of several hundred years of history without being dry or dull. A must for WWII buffs or those interested the British reaction to Japanese occupation.
It is an old coastal defence fort that was manned in WW2 but with roots in the 19th Century. Beautifully renovated and converted to its present use.From the outside fortifications you can see how close this part of Hong Kong is to Kowloon as it is guarding the eastern entrance to the harbour. It houses one of the rarest military finds that of a real Brennan torpedo site although the torpedoes displayed are replicas. This was a late 1800s wire guided marine torpedo that was placed to use against enemy naval vessels entering the harbour. It was top secret in its day hence the lack of a real extant torpedo.On a sunny day this is a two or three hour visit for the flavour of a port and naval outpost that HK was until the post war world crept in.
Only about 10 minutes walk from the closest MTR station, I started to wonder what I was going to find as it appeared that I was walking through an industrial estate under the expressway, but as I passed the wholesale fish market I entered the carpark of the museum and was pointed in the direction of the entrance part way up the hill.Taking the lift up to the top of the hill - much better than walking up I can tell you, coming down was steep enough in places - you enter the old fortress which has been refurbished and had a roof added so that the exhibitions of coastal defence going back to the Ming dynasty are housed in the rooms around the courtyard.Once you have looked through the inside area which covers from the 14th to the 21st centuries including a room covering the years since the Chinese return to HK in 1997, you head outside where you will find toilets and a basic restaurant selling cold drinks and noodles etcOnce outside you then work your way back down the hill, passing by gun emplacements, magazines, and buildings damaged during the Japanese invasion of 1941 until you reach the water's edge and the torpedo station with a model of the Brennan torpedo. Walking back up the hill via some more steps before returning to the carpark where you can see a few military vehicles the visit was complete - a very interesting few hours, which would only have been improved by it being a little less hot.All this for just an entrance fee of just HK$ 10. A bargain !