Former French Mission Building

Former French Mission Building

Former French Mission Building
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The area
Neighbourhood: Central
When people think of Hong Kong, most imagine movies with famous skyscrapers dominating the skyline. The area widely known as Central is the major financial hub and entertainment district, which truly lives up to the saying, “work hard, play hard.” Bars stay open late into the night and there just happens to be a street party every weekend. Although everything seems to be operating at lightning speed, Central is full of quiet, hidden gems. Nestled between office towers are wet markets and some of the city’s oldest restaurants dating back to the 1960s. Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Retreat from the crowds by exploring beautifully restored historical buildings and even a green oasis of botanical gardens.
How to get there
  • Central • 4 min walk
  • Admiralty • 7 min walk
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,823 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Whilst this is not a ‘must-see’, most tourists will pass by it on Queens Rd, Central. It is easy to spot. The large three-storey red brick building sits up high above the road, in a commanding position across the road from the HSBC Building. It is one of only a small number of stately colonial buildings that have been preserved. In a city which is constantly evolving and development is rampant, it’s a rare throwback to the early days of the British colony. Built originally in 1843 for Sir Henry Pottinger, the first British Governor, it was home to colonial rulers, opium merchants and Russian diplomats before French missionaries took over in 1915, revamping the building and adding most of the main features (the balconies, cupola and red brickwork). After WWII it temporarily housed the Provisional Hong Kong Government and then the Court of Final Appeal, followed by the Supreme Court. Since 1989, it has been a declared monument and today it houses the HK Legal Hub and the offices of the Justice Dept.
Written 6 September 2021
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Nick D
Calgary, Canada1,218 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017
it wasn't always easy to find buildings from the colonial English days of Hong Kong but the French Mission building is almost next door to St John's Cathedral. An interesting architectural selection - brick, heavy, squat, almost as if a defensible government building was being created.
Written 7 April 2017
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Brad
Hong Kong, China1,73,427 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
The Former French Mission Building is a declared monument in Hong Kong and nice opportunity to view one of the few preserved buildings from the colonial period. Situated upon the elevated landscape on Battery Path, this structure was constructed in 1915, made of granite and red/orange brick in Neo-classical style.

Today this building continues to be used by the local administration, serving as the Hong Kong Court of Appeals. While not a conventional tourist attraction, it does remain an interesting and attractive building to see and is a constant reminder of Hong Kong's early 20th century past.

It is interesting to imagine this building at this elevated position, overlooking the Central district below all the way to Victoria Harbour - views that would have existed during the first half of the 20th century. Those days are long gone and those views long since blocked by the skyscrapers which dominate the Hong Kong Skyline today.

If you stop by The Former French Mission Building in the Central District for a look around, it is also worth making way to St. John's Cathedral just a minute or two away. This is another declared monument worth seeing if you enjoy architecture and seeing historic buildings.
Written 22 August 2016
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meveshan
Porto, Portugal171 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
One of my favorite buildings in Hong Kong. Attractive architecture and red stone and is perched impressively on the hill above the HSBC building. It houses the Court of Final Appeal, an admirable institution, though it will soon move back to the Supreme Court Building.
Written 12 March 2015
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Brad
Hong Kong, China1,73,427 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Couples
Next to St. John's Cathedral you can find the nice, orange bricked building that presently serves as the Hong Kong court of appeal. We tried to go inside but it seems you can only visit the outside grounds, simply viewing the outside of this building.

Unless you are history buff, there is probably little reason to include this minor attraction on your list of things to see and do in Hong Kong. However, it is next to St. John's an important historical church in HK and in route to the Peak from the Lan Kwai Fong area of Central so you might be passing by it on foot. If so, you can stop for a few minutes to admire the building before passing through the small, Cheung Kong Park in on your way to Hong Kong Park and/or the Peak Tram.
Written 5 January 2012
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