Dr. Sun Yat-sen Museum (Kom Tong Hall)
Saints. It opened as the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Museum in late 2006. Dr. Sun is not known to have ever visited Kom Tong Hall but was a schoolfriend of Hom Kong-tong and received his secondary and tertiary education in Hong Kong, which was where he transformed from medical student to revolutionary leader.
The building is a blend of Chinese and Western architectural styles with a magnificent central staircase with stained-glass windows and splendid first and second floor balconies and balustrades. During World War II the building was occupied for several years by military authorities. Kom Tong Hall is considered to represent an important part of Hong Kong's cultural heritage, being a prime example of the rising affluence of the Chinese community, its military role during the war years and its subsequent use as a religious center.
The museum celebrates the life of the "Father of Modern China" and has two permanent exhibitions. "Dr. Sun Yat-sen and Modern China" explains how Dr. Sun was transformed from an aspiring medical student into a renowned revolutionary leader. "Hong Kong in Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Time" illustrates the conditions in Hong Kong that contributed to the success of the 1911 revolution. These permanent exhibitions are located in first and second floor galleries and there is also a special exhibition gallery housing temporary exhibitions on the upper ground floor. The museum has a reading room and two video rooms showing short videos. There is a gift shop but no cafe. Photography is not allowed in the exhibition areas.
Nearby is the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Historical Trail, with information display boards and links to 15 points of interest related to Dr. Sun's activities in Hong Kong.
Sunday, holidays 10am-7pm
Christmas Day, Chinese New Year's Eve 10am-5pm
Closed Thursday, first two days of Chinese New Year
Seniors 60+ HK$5
Kids younger than 4 Free
Free admission Wednesday and the anniversaries of Dr. Sun Yat-sen's birth (Nov. 12) and death (March 12)