The Legislative Council Building of Hong Kong, nicknamed LegCo, is an old building in the Central District featuring neo-classical architectural style. The two-story structure, made from granite, has become a popular landmark in the district, giving an old world charm in an area dominated by modern skyscrapers.
Acclaimed British architect Sir Aston Webb designed the building which was completed in 1912. Aston's impressive body of work includes the facade of Buckingham Palace and a portion of the Victoria and Albert Museum, both in London.
Known for its arched corridors and iconic columns, LegCo is one of the declared monuments of Hong Kong. Before the Legislative Council took over in 1985 to 2011, the building was used by the Supreme Court, hence its other name, Former Supreme Court Building. A statue of "Justice", represented by the Greek goddess Themis, stands on top of the main entrance, serving as a beautiful reminder of the building's former role.
The Legislative Council moved to the Central Government Complex, Tamar in 2011, leaving the LegCo building currently vacant. Come 2015, the building will revert to its judicial function as the new home of the Court of Final Appeal.
When lit up at night, the LegCo building is a sight to behold. Its interior halls are also impeccably done. Unfortunately, the building is not currently open to the public.
The Legislative Council Building of Hong Kong is located at 8 Jackson Road in Central. Other nearby tourist attractions are Statue Square to the east and Chater Garden to the west.
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