Heritage buildings blend with contemporary architecture with a focus on the arts

Central’s newest heritage attraction, opened in 2018, is also one of its oldest building complexes. Incorporating the Former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison, the earliest structures of the compound date back to 1864. Originally intended for the sterner purpose of maintaining law and order, Tai Kwun’s historic declared monuments, along with architecturally spectacular new structures, now house restaurants, cafes, shops and galleries, and the area is dedicated to cultural and recreational activities. Local people and visitors alike now stroll at leisure around the parade ground where the police once drilled, and the prison yard where felons exercised.