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St. John's Cathedral, Hong Kong
(4.2/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web)
Acting as the seat of the Archbishop of Hong Kong, St. John's Cathedral is one of the city's five cathedrals and the oldest Anglican church in the Far East. The structure survived bombings during World War II and acted as a club for Japanese soldiers during the occupation. When you go, try to spot the initials V.R. on the west face of the bell tower, in memory of the church's founding during Queen Victoria's reign, as well as the Royal Arms on the first pew on the south side, which was once reserved for Governors or members of the Royal Family. Do not leave without viewing the large Memorial Cross next to the cathedral, which memorializes soldiers killed in World War I. A visit to St. John's Cathedral represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Hong Kong family vacation planner to plot your vacation.
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  • 在匆忙的中環地區內,更顯得這座全香港最古老的教堂,鵝黃色的哥德式建築,充滿著靜謐祥和、莊嚴肅穆的氛圍。修剪整齊的綠樹,舒適的草皮,心也隨著沈靜了下來。 
  • I was impressed with how busy and well used this church is. There seem to be many events and it is good to see it well utilised. It is just like an English church but with some extra colour - pleasant...  more »
  • Nice beautiful Anglican cathedral in Hong Kong. It is a piece of England that survived from when Hong Kong was a British colony. It has beautiful high stained glass windows and a solemn atmosphere. 
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  • It's one of the oldest buildings in Hong Kong and while most of the colonial style buildings from 1865 were demolished, this is one of the last ones remaining. Do check it out! It even has one of the last British influenced post boxes (red in color)
  • The oldest cathedral in Hong Kong and it's still bustling. Definitely worth a visit. I suggest a choral mattins for a great choir.
  • Been there, the atmosphere was really calm. You won't even feel like you are in the middle of a bustling city. Great spot to click some grand photos. Did witness some wedding photo shoot over there. There is no ideal time to visit this spot.
  • The building itself is rather big and, although it isn't heavily ornamented, it maintains its own practical beauty. The church grounds are an oasis of sorts in Hong Kong's bustling financial center. Adjacent to the church, a lovely garden with a quiet stream provides an ideal place to pray, reflect, or read. I thoroughly enjoyed the midday prayer and communion mass. I was able to go for several weeks, and the sermons were always refreshing and encouraging. This church also has several active ministries to Hong Kong's underserved populations- it's always great to see a church be the hands and feet of Jesus in such a large city!
  • This Cathedral is grand in stature yet a humble place to worship. After a tram up to the Peak a quick retrospective visit here is tranquil.