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Morse Park - A Sprawling Public Park with Gardens and Sports Facilities in Kowloon, Hong Kong

Morse Park - Kowloon, Hong Kong 2Covering an area of 15.8 hectares, Morse Park is one of the largest city parks in Hong Kong. It is located between Wong Tai Sin and Lok Fu and offers a tranquil oasis with trees, green lawns and landscaped areas as well as sports facilities including soccer pitches, tennis courts, a swimming pool, and a skateboarding park.

The construction of the park was funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club and was opened to the public in October 1967, shortly after the death of Sir Arthur Morse,  head of The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) during and after World War II, upon whom the park was dedicated.

Morse Park is divided into four sections. Morse Park No. 1 in the easternmost side is the smallest section and features a running trail. Morse Park No. 2 is where a fountain is located. Morse Park No. 3 at the northernmost side is largest section which includes a butterfly garden and the Morse Park Sports Centre. Morse Park No. 4 on the south, dominated by an outdoor amphitheater.

Morse Park No. 2  is also the site of the Wong Tai Sin Cultural Garden featuring a landscaped Chinese garden with elements of Chinese culture, such as the yin-yang symbol, a sundial and an ancient well, believed to be several centuries old.

The entire park is peppered with a variety of trees, shrubs and flowering plants. The 2,000 square-metre Tropical Palm Garden, the only of its kind in Hong Kong, features more than 80 trees of 23 palm species while the 2,700 square-metre Arboretum is home to more than 100 trees of 30 rare species.

Getting there:
Morse Park lies to the southwest of Wong Tai Sin station. From Exit C2, you can walk right along Ching Tak Street, cross the street at a junction, then walk through a housing estate garden to find an entrance to Morse Park No. 3.

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