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St. John's Cathedral, Hong Kong

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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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  • I visited this beautiful cathedral late in the day and found it both beautiful and peaceful. A bit of a steep walk to get to but well worth while. After walking around inside and looking at the furnis...  more »
  • I was walking around trying to find Lan Kwai Fong and my friend. Then I suddenly found this church opposite the street. Out of curiosity I went in and the architecture is beautiful with the stained gl...  more »
  • This pretty small Anglican cathedral located on a height of Central, after the very nice lined alley of trees from Battery Path, thumb almost in the middle of the huge buildings of the neighborhood. But it's part of his charm.
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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.