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St. John's Cathedral, Hong Kong

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Church Tourist Spot
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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  • So lovely to enter St John's and leave the hectic hurly burly of the city behind. Complete quiet and calm wafts over you as you enter the Cathedral. We spent a short while enjoying the peace after a v...  more »
  • This is well hidden if you are walking up through the garden, it is suddenly just there. The doors are open and very welcoming. There are also a couple of boards outside with plenty of information on....  more »
  • Like a large parish church I was reminded of St George's Cathedral in Jerusalem, another centre of calm in a differently hectic city. After been taken to a series of Buddhist shrines across China by o...  more »
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  • Classic church in the middle of Central. Great contrast between peaceful and the hustle of the city. Mass is very crowded so show up early. Very welcoming and grounds are open most of the day.
  • My favourite church in HK. Used to have mass here every year when i was studying in secondary school. It is so beautiful and quiet, can come here for a rest.
  • Try to visit this nice church when some gospel groups are singing! It makes the place magical
  • Quite a beautiful area and building. I walked through it quite a few times last year and I have always enjoyed it, despite being uphill.
  • 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)