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Lai Chi Kok Hospital

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Founded  1938 (1938)
Lists  Hospitals in Hong Kong
Reference no.  845
Closed  2004 (2004)
Designated  2010-06-24
Address  Hong Kong, 青山道800號
Lai Chi Kok Hospital
Location  No. 800 Castle Peak Road, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong
Similar  Heritage Lodge 翠雅山房, Mei Foo Station, Jao Tsung‑I Academy, Princess Margaret Hospital, Cheung Sha Wan Plaza

Adaptive reuse of former lai chi kok hospital into jaotsung i academy 15g101005


The former Lai Chi Kok Hospital (Chinese: 荔枝角醫院), located at No.800 Castle Peak Road, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, was listed as one of the Grade III historic buildings in Hong Kong on 24 June 2010. The site is now transformed to Jao Tsung-I Academy under batch 1 of revitalisation scheme.

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The hospital first served as the labor's dormitory of The Chamber of Mines Labour Importation Agency in the 19th century. In 1912, the British Army set up the Lai Chi Kok Barracks and stationed for two years. It became Lai Chi Kok Internment Camp later in 1924. The camp was then closed until the establishment of Stanley Prison in 1937.

In the same year, Hong Kong became an epidemic zone under the spread of smallpox. The site was then rebuilt to a hospital for infectious diseases. Those patients from the hospital for leprosy, which was located in Hei Ling Chau and closed in 1974, were sent to the reconstructed hospital. The hospital was later changed to serve long-term psychiatric patients after the number of leprosy patients declined.

In the early 2000, the Hospital Authority planned to send her 400 mental patients to different psychiatric hospitals and transformed the site into a long-term nursing home under the supervision of the Social Welfare Department for patients who were queuing for such service. While the SWD refused to take over it, the HA then set up H.A. Care Limited to manage the hospital. In June 2004, patients are relocated to Caritas Jockey Club Lai King Rehabilitation Centre, which completed in April 2005, and the former site of Lai Chi Kok Hospital was returned to the SAR government. At that time the site was planned to reconstruct as the dormitory of staff of Correctional Services Department as well as their families.

Current situation

Lai Chi Kok Hospital became one of the seven buildings in the Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme launched by Development Bureau in 2008. The Hong Kong Cultural Heritage by The Hong Kong Institution for Promotion of Chinese Culture was successfully selected to carry out the project. The site is named Jao Tsung-I Academy promoting Chinese culture education. Phase 1 is open since June, 2012 and phase 2 is completed in 2013. Free public access is allowed to the Chinese landscaped gardens, conservation gallery and a heritage gallery. The area is around 32,000 m2 and the building is set up as a cultural hostel with 85 guest rooms.

Public review

Editorials in Hong Kong commented on the slow revitalization progress of the architecture. Apple Daily reported the re-denomination of the cultural center. It was named Hong Kong Cultural Legacy Centre (香港文化傳承中心), and later was named after the master of national art -- Jao Tsung-I Academy. Ta Kung Pao reported the delay due to filibuster in May.

References

Lai Chi Kok Hospital Wikipedia


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