Kwun Tong—a taste of old-school Hong Kong

Cato Sze Kwun Tong cartoon

Located in Kowloon, Kwun Tong is one of Hong Kong’s largest industrial and densely populated districts, made up of the areas of Kwun Tong, Ngau Tau Kok, Kowloon Bay, Sau Mau Ping, Lam Tin, Yau Tong and Lei Yue Mun. Factories have been in the district since the 1950s but with the phasing out of manufacturing, many of Kwun Tong’s factories have since been demolished and commercial buildings erected in their place. As one of Hong Kong’s older districts, Kwun Tong retains to this day a rather old-school vibe; no doubt those wishing to experience a different side of the city will find the area rich and captivating. 


Kwun Tong APM

APM Millennium City 5 opened its doors in 2005 and is Kwun Tong’s largest mall. The seven-storey building houses an array of restaurants, shops and a cineplex. Linked directly to the Kwun Tong MTR station, APM was named after the original plan to open a 24-hour shopping mall. This was later proven to not be a viable business model, though a portion of shops in APM do close late, at midnight. For an opposing experience to the modernity of a shopping mall, head to Shui Wo Street in the town centre where almost the entire length of the road is comprised of a wet market, heaving with people and boasting colourful produce literally spilling out onto the streets.


Kwun Tong f&b

Being so densely populated, Kwun Tong has no lack of F&B outlets to cater to the masses. APM itself has over 40 different offerings, ranging from a boulangerie to a premium hot plate yakitori joint. On the streets, restaurants occupy a large number of shop units. For some contemporary dim sum, visit Dim Delicious on the second floor of Wang Kwong Industrial Building on 45 Hung To Road or tuck into a pot of po chai fan (claypot rice) at Super Super Congee & Noodles, located at Laguna City Phase 1, Laguna Street. A little alley next to Yue Man Square Park in the town centre is famous for its beef brisket noodles—follow your nose!


Kwun Tong Promenade boardwalk

Kwun Tong is not all hustle and bustle; head to the Promenade for a spot of greenery and relative peace and quiet.
This was built on the site of the former Kwun Tong Public Cargo Working Area. About a kilometre in length, the waterfront boardwalk offers visitors close-up views of the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and the Runway Park, as well as lovely night-time views of Hong Kong Island East and Victoria Harbour. Models of mechanical cranes and waste paper bundles are scattered along the Promenade as an artistic tribute to the paper recycling industry at its old site. Kwun Tong also has a public swimming pool, with an indoor main pool and a secondary outdoor pool, two teaching pools and a sun bathing area.

Kwun Tong art installation

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