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The Hong Kong Museum of History

The Hong Kong Museum of History was established in July 1975. In the year 1983, the Museum was moved to the temporary accommodation in Kowloon Park; it was moved to its present premises on Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui in 1998.

The main museum at Chatham Road South runs five branches museums:

(i)           Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence at Shau Kei Wan

(ii)          Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum at Sham Shui Po

(iii)         Law Uk Folk Museum at Chai Wan

(iv)          Fireboat Alexander Grantham Exhibition Gallery inside the Quarry Bay Park

(v)          Dr. Sun Yat-sen Museum at Mid-levels in Central

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The China Great Wall

The China Great Wall is well-known for its amazingly unique architecture. It is also known as “long Wall of 10,000 Li” in China that extends about 8,850 kilometres (5,500 miles). Ever wondered why the Chinese build the China Great Wall? It was actually designed to keep Mongol nomads out of China. The walls were built of earth and stones in wood frames during the Qin Dynasty. However, the major construction of the “modern” walls actually began during the Ming Dynasty.

The wall was at first built from rammed earth, stones and wood but then bricks were used to build the areas of the wall. In fact, the size and weight of the bricks were much easier to work with compared to earth and stone, so the construction can be completed faster.

Korea’s War Memorial in Seoul

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The War Memorial of Korea is located in Yongsan-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea. It opened in 1994 on the former site of the army headquarters to exhibit and memorialize the Military history of Korea. The memorial building has six indoor exhibition rooms and an outdoor exhibition centre displaying over 13,000 war memorabilia and military equipment

Borobudur, Indonesia

Borobudur or Barabudur is located in Indonesia. The monument consists of six square platforms topped by three circular platforms and it is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. It was built during the reign of the Sailendra Dynasty and the monument reflects the influence of the Indian culture.

Based on existing evidence, the Borobudur was believed to have been constructed in the 9th century and then abandoned.It is still used for pilgrimage. The Buddhists in Indonesia will celebrate Vesak at the monument, once a year.

University of Hong Kong

Did you know that the University of Hong Kong was opened in 1911, and it is known for being the country’s oldest university? One of its famous graduates is Dr Sun Yat-sen, the founder and first President of the Republic of China. This university is located on the hillsides above Western district. There are four internal courtyards, with two of which have palm trees over 9m tall.

There are 10 faculties in the University of Hong Kong:

  • Faculty of Architecture
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Business and Economics
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Law
  • Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Sciences

Libraries are available here. Built in 1912, the university’s library is the oldest academic library in the country with over 2.3 million holdings. Students taking Masters and PhD programmes can always log on to the university’s web-based library catalogue, called DRAGON that allows them to search books, journals and other resources.

Students are also provided with lots of great services such as:

  • Career Education and Placement Centre
  • Personal Development and Counselling Centre
  • Sports and Recreation Programmes/Facilities
  • University Dental Service
  • University Health Service
  • University Museum and Art Gallery (formerly Fung Ping Shan Museum)
  • Computer Centre
  • Centre of Development and Resources for Students

The Korean War Memorial

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The Korean War started on June 25, 1950, after the North Korean troops crossed over the 38th parallel and invaded South Korea. The United Nations issued an army, led by US General Douglas MacArthur, in order to drive the North Koreans out of South Korea. In the year 1953, the war ended with the reestablishment of the 38th parallel as the divider between North and South Korea. Thousands of US soldiers lost their lives in this war and monuments of these brave soldiers were built across the nation.

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