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2010年10月25日 星期一

Dr. Sun Yat-sen Museum

Dr. Sun Yat-sen Museum is located in the Kom Tong Hall. Dr Sun had not set foot at Kom Tong Hall throughout his life, but he was related to Ho Kom Tong, the original owner of the premises. They were both born in 1866 and were the graduates of the Central School, the present Queen's College, in 1886. Ho's elder brother, Sir Robert Ho Tung, even rendered support towards Dr Sun's revolutionary activities. Given the close relations between Ho's family and Dr Sun, Kom Tong Hall is the most suitable venues for the setting up of a Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum.

Kom Tong Hall was built by in 1914. At this three-storey building, the facade of the top two floors is supported by the Greek-style granite columns surrounding the curved balconies. Inside are two flights of staircases. Being a typical Edwardian classical building, Kom Tong Hall is majestic and magnificent, and is among the very few surviving structures in Hong Kong. The stained-glass windows, veranda wall tiles and staircase railings are all preserved intact.

There are now totally two permanent exhibition in the museum. They are“Dr Sun Yat-sen and Modern China”and “Hong Kong in Dr Sun Yat-sen's Time”. “Dr Sun Yat-sen and Modern China” aims at explaining how Dr Sun was transformed from an aspiring medical student into a renowned revolutionary leader. A scene setting and an array of historical photographs are provided, in order to help reconstruct the legendary life of this great Chinese statesman. Visitors will get a thorough understanding on his studies and revolutionary campaign, and understand how Dr Sun got his revolutionary ideas in Hong Kong. “Hong Kong in Dr Sun Yat-sen's Time” is themed with the inseparability between this great Chinese statesman and Hong Kong. After going through his activities in Hong Kong, visitors will be motivated to think about why and how did Hong Kong in the late 19th century nurture someone like Dr Sun Yat-sen who possessed such progressive revolutionary ideas. With the display of invaluable artifacts, this exhibition will illustrate explicitly the role of Hong Kong as a revolutionary pivot in the late Qing era.

Opening hour:

  • Monday to Wednesday and Friday to Saturday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Sunday and Public Holidays: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Closed at 5:00 pm on Christmas Eve and Lunar New Year's Eve
  • Closed on Thursday (except Public Holidays, the anniversaries of Dr Sun's birth (12 November) and death (12 March)) and on the first two days of Lunar New Year