Statue Square and Cenotaph
Statue Square and Cenotaph
3.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksMonuments & Statues
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Mairwen1
By Mairwen1
“Empty Tomb”
4.0 of 5 bubblesMay 2021
The cenotaph or ‘empty tomb’ was unveiled on 25 May, 1923, five years after the end of WWI, to commemorate the lives of those who served in Hong Kong in the Royal Airforce, Navy and Army during WWI. It was to be a permanent and lasting memorial. At the time, no-one could imagine another world war but within 20 years, the world was at war again and thousands were dying on battlefields and in muddy trenches. After WWII, a new inscription was added, with the words, ‘The Glorious Dead’ and the dates 1939–1945. It took another few decades before a Chinese inscription was also added to honour those who’d died defending Hong Kong during the Japanese invasion. The Chinese characters are translated as ‘May their martyred souls be immortal, and their noble spirits endure’. It is an appropriately sombre and formal structure. Based on the London cenotaph, it is a simple classical design, harking back to ancient Roman and Greek principles of symmetry, with no unnecessary decoration or ornamentation, except for carved wreaths at the top. It is built of dressed ashlar stone blocks and the granite platform has a few steps leading to the cenotaph and are important for the laying of remembrance wreaths. Remembrance Day and the ANZAC Day dawn service are celebrated in front of the cenotaph each year. For tourists, one of the interesting things to know is that when it was built in the 1920s, it stood on the waterfront. Aggressive land reclamation has pushed the waterline so far back that it’s difficult to imagine today that the harbour once came up this far.

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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 • 1 min walk
  • Hong Kong • 5 min walk
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,930 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
The cenotaph or ‘empty tomb’ was unveiled on 25 May, 1923, five years after the end of WWI, to commemorate the lives of those who served in Hong Kong in the Royal Airforce, Navy and Army during WWI. It was to be a permanent and lasting memorial. At the time, no-one could imagine another world war but within 20 years, the world was at war again and thousands were dying on battlefields and in muddy trenches.
After WWII, a new inscription was added, with the words, ‘The Glorious Dead’ and the dates 1939–1945. It took another few decades before a Chinese inscription was also added to honour those who’d died defending Hong Kong during the Japanese invasion. The Chinese characters are translated as ‘May their martyred souls be immortal, and their noble spirits endure’.
It is an appropriately sombre and formal structure. Based on the London cenotaph, it is a simple classical design, harking back to ancient Roman and Greek principles of symmetry, with no unnecessary decoration or ornamentation, except for carved wreaths at the top.
It is built of dressed ashlar stone blocks and the granite platform has a few steps leading to the cenotaph and are important for the laying of remembrance wreaths.
Remembrance Day and the ANZAC Day dawn service are celebrated in front of the cenotaph each year.
For tourists, one of the interesting things to know is that when it was built in the 1920s, it stood on the waterfront. Aggressive land reclamation has pushed the waterline so far back that it’s difficult to imagine today that the harbour once came up this far.
Written 10 May 2021
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brigettimoog
Kriftel, Germany50 contributions
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July 2020 • Couples
This place honors heroes. But it looks and feels alien among the surroundings. But that is the charm.
Written 24 July 2020
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,756 contributions
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May 2020
The Cenotaph is one of Hong Kong's military related monuments, this one being dedicated to the fallen victims of WWI. It was built at this location in 1923 and is modelled after the Whitehall Cenotaph monument in London. The Cenotaph is situated in a square surfaced with grass and is a sombre reminder of the tragedies of war.

Note: Each November, there is a Armistice Day (Remembrance Day) ceremony organised and held at the Cenotaph Memorial.

Note: The less known WWI & WWII Memorial Arch can be found situated at the entrance to the Hong Kong Zoological & Botanical Garden. This is a more traditional arched gateway structure flanked with guardian lions. It is dedicated to the local Chinese who died fighting for the British cause during the World Wars.
Written 20 May 2020
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kpiddy
Brisbane, Australia14,006 contributions
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Dec 2018 • Couples
At the time of visit I could not work out why the name of the square as I could only see one statue, that of Sir Thomas Jackson, a bank manager of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) from 1876 to 1902 responsible for financing the development of Colonial Hong Kong. The square was created at the end of the nineteenth century and over the years filled with many British royalty statues, today it is a peaceful square filled with a variety of water features and fountains. At the northern end of the square is the Cenotaph built in 1923 to remember those who died during both World Wars.
Written 13 February 2019
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GDay1044
Durban, South Africa1,202 contributions
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Feb 2018 • Solo
I was here Chinese New Year day - the square was very busy with large groups of domestic workers having a day off - sitting on flattened cardboard boxes socializing and enjoying food - these groups were also down the ramps to the MTR and in the open vestibule under the HSBC building across the road - the Cenotaph stood in its own area almost unnoticed - the square alongside has several fountains and now just one statue that of Sir Thomas Jackson a prominent banker - the Royal Statues that once stood here (hence its name) were removed during the 2nd World War by the Japanese.
Written 16 February 2018
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Thomas N.R. Johnson
Stockholm, Sweden605 contributions
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May 2017 • Friends
Today, this feels more like a transitory place than a memorial site over those (British) who lose life during the war, but you will quickly recognize the monument as it is similar in London and in other historically classic British places around the world. Since Hong Kong has evolved and changed very much in recent decades, it is one of the few older landmarks that exist today, reminiscent of the British presence in the first half of the 20th century. There is a 'lonely sadness' over the place and it feels already a bit forgotten ... Hong Kong has a new future!
Written 9 July 2017
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Nigel G
Singapore, Singapore8,671 contributions
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Mar 2017 • Solo
A replica of Lutyens cenotaph in London this commemorates the war dead. It reads "the glorious dead" - but one is left to wonder if there is any glory in war. Are there any winners in war - certainly a monument that provokes thought and reflection. To remember the ruthless rule of Japanese occupation of Hong Kong. But now, we must all live in harmony - quoting the words of Gandhi "room for us all".

A notable monument of a past regime. Part of Hong Kong's rich history and heritage. Worth a look.
Written 28 March 2017
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Julian W
Singapore, Singapore261 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Family
A small green space in bustling downtown. You can also admire some historical landmarks from this garden. The former Legislative Council Building (Old Supreme Court Building before that) and The Cenotaph. However, this place will be transformed on weekend as it will be invaded by Filipinos. It is both a sad and interesting sights. Something to experience because no words can describe the sight, smell of food and the sound. Avoid it if it is not your cup of tea.
Written 2 January 2017
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yfylou
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia6,324 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Family
The Stature Square was one of the Hong Kong's heritage landmark. Special events or promotions will be held in this venue. The events of 'Hong Kong Winterfest 2015' and 'The Sparking Bvlgari Roman Holiday' was being held here was a success.
Written 22 January 2016
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divyarohit
calicut32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Friends
The Cenotaph, depicts the British governance in HongKong and its a must see monument.It is considered to be a replica of the cenotaph at London. The history is always a wonderful part to look for.Its in the center of the city's shopping paradise.So quite accessible to any tourist.usually sundays are not good for visit as it would be crowded with helpers.
Written 6 January 2015
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