Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence, Hong Kong

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History buffs in particular will appreciate Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence, which traces some of the most vital moments of Hong Kong’s history. This location marks an area of significant strategic importance, as the Lei Yue Mun Fort played an important role in the Battle of Hong Kong during World War II. Displays cover 600 years of history, and go into great detail on the commonwealth era and offering a unique perspective on Hong Kong’s recent past. Reflect on the many battles that took place here as you wander the open-air exhibits, featuring preserved defense installations and panoramic views of Kowloon. To plan Hong Kong vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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  • I was hoping for more all in all. There is now not much to see, it is rather a long walk through the old Fort where you can watch quite a bit about the history. Who is close to the visit won't regret probably, I would not accept large detours.
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  • Get off the tram at Shau Kei Wan Terminus, about 15 minutes walk towards the sea. In the elevator up to the upper floors. Something interesting that can be expressed in days of yore, but didn't. Enjoy the good weather because it commands a fine view.
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  • We came across this museum by chance, having botched our plans to go to the beach, though we are happy that we ended up there. The museum focuses mainly, but not exclusively, on how Hong Kong has defe...  more »
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  • If you can only visit one museum, visit this one. It's in a beautiful location, easily accessible by public transit with great views of East Hong Kong. The visit will take you about 60-90 minutes. It's very educational on Hong Kong history which I found very interesting. It's also very well divided and explained. There are a few videos, some physical room to visit. Overall one of the best museum I've visited in my life! The special exhibit on War Correspondents was very informative as well. Free on Wednesdays. The place wasn't too crowded but the time we left (1pm). Highly recommend.
  • A fun outing for an hour or two. Quite a number of nice military displays and a large number of steps outside, particularly to the torpedo room and back. Nice views across to the Kowloon peninsular, especially Devil’s lookout. Easy to get to from the MTR station, and is next to the fish wholesale market.
  • good for indoor running with kid. kids drawing facilities available. the restaurant is equipped with highchair.
  • I have spent many enchanting hours at this place during my years in Hong Kong. I loved their Cafetaria overlooking the channel. Very quiet and absolutely out of the world experience. But the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence is not very well known to the ordinary visitors who are enamoured more by the enchanting natural beauty and equally fascinating shopping experience. The fort in which the museum is located was built by the British in 1887 and intended for the defence of the eastern approaches to Victoria harbour. It overlooks the Lei Yue Mun channel near Shau Kei Wan. It opened on 25th July 2000.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 of China.
  • Beautiful views, average exhibits, terrible security guards. I've visited three times, and each time I've had negative experiences with the staff. Just to give you an example: yesterday when I arrived, I bent down to toe my shoe. Suddenly, a female security guard runs over to me to say I can't tie my shoe there and need to move. A few minutes later, my child was running to the bathroom when another guard yelled "no running." I nearly lost it when a third guard told me to park my child's baby stroller. Seriously, there is a security guard every 10 feet! They ruin a perfectly nice place.

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