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Early Development of Hong Kong’s Funeral Industry

Early Development of Hong Kong’s Funeral Industry (Full)

Date: 2018/4/14 (Saturday)
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Venue: City Hall Public Library (Extension Activities Room)
Speaker: Dr WONG King-chung, Desmond (Assistant Executive Director, The Conservancy Association Centre for Heritage)
Mr LAU Tian-you, Willis (Senior Project Officer, The Conservancy Association Centre for Heritage)
Organiser: Jointly organized with the TWGHs Records and Heritage Office
Remarks: Conducted in Cantonese. Free admission by reservation. Reservations for the talk starts on 27.03.2018 (Tuesday) and can be made by calling Tung Wah Museum at 2770 0867 (9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., except Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays). Seats are limited. Each person may reserve two seats for each talk. First-come-first-served.
Enquiry Telephone Number: 2770 0867

Chinese people traditionally attach great importance to “birth, nurturing, death and burial”. In the early days when the funeral industry was yet to develop, funeral and burial services for Chinese people in Hong Kong were largely provided by coffin shops. Meanwhile, since the early 20th century, Tung Wah Hospital had built pavilions near major Chinese cemeteries to provide funeral goers with shelter from the elements. Today, all of the pavilions, with the exception of Wai Yuen Pavilion in Wo Hop Shek, have been demolished. Drawing on records and research information, the two speakers will discuss the early development of Hong Kong’s funeral industry.