Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence

The Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence (CN: 香港海防博物館) is located in the former the Lei Yue Mun Fort which was built by the British in the 1880s. It is currently being revamped and is expected to open again in 2020.

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History

On 8 December 1941, the Japanese launched their attacks on Hong Kong Island. After the fall of the New Territories and Kowloon, the British Forces immediately strengthened the defences at Lei Yue Mun to prevent the Japanese from crossing the Lei Yue Mun Channel from Devil’s Peak. The defence forces managed to repulse several raids by the Japanese, but were eventually overwhelmed and the fort fell into enemy hands on 19 December. The fort no longer bore any defence significance in the post-war period and became a training ground for the British Forces until 1987, when it was finally vacated.
In 1993 the Urban Council decided to convert the fort into a museum. It opened on 25 July 2000.

Displays

The museum consists of three main areas, namely the Reception area, the Redoubt, and the Historical Trail. It is converted from the hundred-year-old Lei Yue Mun Fort. Its historical structure has an extensive outdoor area with the unique architectural design, a strong tensile structure with other traditional building material, which provides a comfort and historical feeling for visitors.
The casemates inside the Redoubt were converted into exhibition galleries for permanent displays on the history of Hong Kong’s Coastal Defence covering the Ming and Qing period, the British period, the Japanese invasion and the period after the transfer of sovereignty to China.

Transportation

The museum is accessible within walking distance North East from Shau Kei Wan Station of the MTR.

Status

The Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence is currently closed for renovation. It is scheduled to be re-opened in 2020. During the closure, the museum will organise an array of outreach programmes. Please visit the website for more details.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • Website: www.lcsd.gov.hk
  • EN Address: 175 Tung Hei Road, Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong Island
  • Getting There: MTR Shau Kei Wan Station, Exit B2. Then walk for around 15 minutes.

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