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Tung Wah Museum - Showcasing the Legacy of Kowloon's First Hospital

Tung Wah Museum - Kowloon, Hong KongTung Wah Museum, formally called Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Museum, is a museum featuring the hospitals' invaluable archives and historical relics. It is housed in the former Main Hall Building of Kwong Wah Hospital, located at 25 Waterloo Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

The museum building was built in 1911 and served as the first hospital founded in Kowloon and the New Territories to provide medical services to the public. It was the only building that was preserved when Kwong Wah Hospital was re-developed in 1958–1963. It was classified as Grade I historic building and declared a historical monument in 2010.

In celebration of the centenary year of the TWGHs, the Main Hall Building was converted into a museum in 1970. However, it was only opened to the public since 1993. Some of the invaluable artifacts on display include plaques and gifts presented to the Hospitals by officials from Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China.

The museum building is known for the use of  Chinese and Western architectural features. The Chinese features are evident in the main rooms that were designed like Chinese ancestral halls. Numerous Chinese motifs and wood carvings decorate the front elevation, eaves board as well as the truss system and camel’s humps along the verandah. Green glazed tiles are used on the building's pitched roof.

The Western architectural elements are mainly found on the side and rear elevations of the building. These include bull’s eye windows, segmental arched windows with keystones, arched doorways with western-style fanlights and queen post trusses on the side chambers.

Tung Wah Museum is located at 25 Waterloo Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon. It is open Mondays to Saturdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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