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Old June 3rd, 2013, 10:04 PM   #1
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HONG KONG | Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Compound | Pro

A few hundred metres from bustling Lan Kwai Fong quietly lies an important religious landmark, the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui (HKSKH) Compound. The compound comprises four distinct historic buildings, namely, the Bishop's House (built in 1845-48); St. Paul's Church (built in 1911); the Former Church Guest House (also known as Martin House, built in 1919); and the Old Kei Yan Primary School (built in 1851), originally the south wing of St. Paul's College.

The first three buildings are confirmed Grade 1 buildings, while the last one is confirmed Grade 2.

The HKSKH Compound occupies a prominent position in Central, with four historic buildings carrying important group and social values.

The Bishop's House is currently the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Provincial Office, while St Paul's Church still serves as a chapel for worship. The church building was once used as a training school for Japanese gendarmes during the Japanese Occupation in World War II.

The Former Church Guest House, a three-storey building, was later converted into a hostel with many well-known missionaries and the famous writer Han Suyin residing there.

The Old Kei Yan Primary School was originally part of St Paul's College, an Anglo-Chinese school with a long history. The College was used for training Chinese clergy and Christian teachers. In 1953, the Kei Yan Primary School used the building as a temporary campus even though part of the structure had been demolished. The HKSKH Ming Wah Theological College is now housed in this building.

The HKSKH has proposed a conservation-cum-development project for the Compound. In support of heritage conservation, the HKSKH will preserve all of the four historic buildings within the Compound. In order to allow sufficient space for the provision of enhanced community services while reducing the future development density at the Central site, the HKSKH will relocate some of the planned uses for its Central site (including kindergarten, theological education and ancillary accommodation facilities) to its other site at Mount Butler. The redevelopment proposal is non-profit-making and will be highly beneficial to the community with the enhanced community services and the promotion of heritage conservation.

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