Jao Tsung-I Academy is a center that promotes Chinese culture and facilitates cultural exchange located on a hillside of Lai Chi Kok, a neighborhood in New Kowloon, Hong Kong. The academy sits on a historic compound which was the former site of the former Lai Chi Kok Hospital.
Prior to being used as a medical facility, the compound had been a seaside customs station at the end of the 19th century. In early 20th century, a British company built living quarters for Chinese laborers on the site. Subsequently, the compound served as a quarantine station, a prison, an infectious disease hospital and a psychiatric rehabilitation center.
The academy is named after Chinese scholar, poet, calligrapher and painter, Jao Tsung-I. Today, it serves as an exhibition venue and cultural hub offering various facilities in a lush landscaped environment. The compound is divided into the Low, Middle and High Zones, each area offering different points of interests and facilities.
The old buildings where restored and used for various functions, providing a historical review of the site and an overview of the conservation and revitalization works.
Located at the Low Zone are The Gallery, Heritage Hall and Reception while the Middle Zone is home to Exhibition Halls, Souvenir Corner, Resources Centre, Activity Rooms, Theatre, Lecture Hall, Art Workshops and Conference Room. Heritage Lodge at the High Zone provides hostel accommodations to visitors.
Jao Tsung-I Academy is located at 800 Castle Peak Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong. It is open daily, from 8am to 10pm. Free guided tours are available (reservations required).
To get there, take the following public transportation:
Get off at Mei Foo Station and leave the station via Exit B. Walk in the direction towards HKU SPACE until the CLP Power Substation. Get on the footbridge and turn left to the Castle Peak Road Sitting-out Area. Cross the road at the pedestrian crossing.
Alternatively, get off at Lai Chi Kok Station via Exit A, take a bus 31B, 32, 35A, 36B or 286X, then get off at Jao Tsung-I Academy stop.
KMB Bus 31B, 32, 35A, 36B 40, or 286X – get off at Jao Tsung-I Academy stop.