Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Museum
A short walking distance from Tribute you will find the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Museum, declared a historical monument in 2010. Housed in the former Main Hall Building of the Kwong Wah Hospital, the Museum features the hospital's invaluable archives and historical relics.
Fans of architecture, you will love visiting the Museum. The seamless and beautiful mix of Eastern and Western architectural features makes the building very unique and injects it with the personality that made it famous.
Tung Wah Museum is a building of a symmetrical layout, with a Main Hall at the middle flanked by two side chambers. The Museum is a traditional “column-and-beam” structure. Structural columns are made of timber standing on carved granite bases. The walls are constructed with green bricks with very fine pointing. The whole Museum is sitting on a granite platform fronted by granite steps.
The Chinese features are evident in the main rooms that were drawn up in a similar way to Chinese ancestral halls. A profusion of delicate Chinese motifs and woodcarvings embellish the facade, eaves board as well as the truss system. Traditional green glazed tiles are used on the building’s pitched roof.
The Western architectural elements are mainly found on the side and rear elevations of the building. These include bull’s eye windows, segmental arched windows with keystones, arched doorways with western-style fanlights and queen post trusses in the side chambers.
Nestled amidst a peaceful garden, the building is full of contrasts and wondrous details and deserves a good exploration.