Our Memories@Kwun Tong
Kwun Tong, situated at the eastern part of the Kowloon Peninsula, and its boundary stretches from Lion Rock in the north to Lei Yue Mun in the south, and from the winding paths of Kowloon Peak in the east to the north coast of the Airport (Kai Tak) runway in the west. Kwun Tong is about 1,130 hectares in size with a population of over 620,000. It is the most densely populated district in the territory.
Name Origins@Kwun Tong
The earliest historical record of Kwun Tong can be traced back to the Song Dynasty. Kwun Tong was previously a tract of salt-pans. In the past, salt taxes used to be a major source of government revenue. Salt pans were called "Kwun Fu Cheung" (官富場), which means "wealth-generating salt pans of the government" in Chinese. It is said that the area was called "官塘" in Chinese because most of the salt pans were owned by the government and they looked like ponds when filled with sea water. The area was further renamed as "觀塘" in Chinese when the government developed the district in 1953.
Early Development@Kwun Tong
Kwun Tong is one of the earliest developed urban areas in Hong Kong. Its planning and development history can be dated back to the 1950s, a time when Kwun Tong was mainly comprised of hilly landscapes and coastal shores. Upon the completion of reclamation along the waterfront of Kwun Tong, the coastal areas were developed for industrial use whereas the hillside regions were used for residential purpose. Let's trace the past development of Kwun Tong through some old photos.
Industrial Area@Kwun Tong
Unforgettable Incidents@Kwun Tong
Historical Building@Kwun Tong
Footprints in the Old Days@Kwun Tong
Do you want to see the above old photos again? You can browse our Multimedia Information System to get more information of Kwun Tong District. You may also know more about the history and development of Kwun Tong District by visiting the "Cultural and Historical Resources Corner" at Lam Tin Public Library.