The Former Marine Police Headquarters Compound, constructed in 1884, is located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. The site is now officially renamed as 1881 Heritage.
The Kowloon compound used to be occupied by the Marine Police, now a unit within the Hong Kong Police Force, since its establishment until late 1996; when it was moved to Sai Wan Ho.
The compound is a declared monument since 1994 as it is one of the four oldest surviving government buildings in Hong Kong. The Compound and the Old Kowloon Fire Station will be re-developed into a heritage hotel with food and beverage outlets and retail facilities in a project headed by architect Daniel Lin.
The main building was originally a two-storey structure; an extra storey was added to the Main Building in the 1920s. The south-east and south-west wings of the Main building served as married quarters.
Nowadays, it becomes one of the most famous attractions in Hong Kong. The “Kowloon from 1881: A Century of Change” exhibition is running now at 1881 Heritage until 12 December, 2010, focusing on the dramatic development of trade, which transformed the area from a collection of small villages into a large and busting metropolis. It is open to the general public from 10:00am to 10:00pm daily and admission is free.
Will you go to there to enjoy this informative exhibition about Kowloon’s legacy at 1881 heritage? It will be an enriching experience for all of you during the exhibition!