Hong Kong is a delightful mix of tradition and modernity that has enticed millions of travelers every year. There is much to see when in Hong Kong, especially for those look for food, art, and a whole lot of shopping. 

If this is right up your alley, one place you must visit when in Hong Kong is the cultural hub known as Tai Kwun. Here are five reasons why it's worth adding to your itinerary. 

(Photo : Screenshot taken from the official Facebook page of Tai Kwun )

1. The History of Tai Kwun

Despite the modern interiors, Tai Kwan actually has some history to it. Believe it or not, it was actually a walled compound where a police station, prison, and court house used to be. Yes, you read that right. And believe it or not as well, communist revolutionary and former Vietnam president Ho Chi Minh was once imprisoned here. 

Tai Kwun has storytelling spaces that share more of its history to its guests. Make sure you don't miss out on these spaces, which are eight in total. 

2. Victoria Prison 

(Photo : Screenshot taken from the official Facebook page of Tai Kwun )

To amp up your experience of the history behind Tai Kwun, make sure to head to Victoria Prison, specifically its B Hall. This is because its old cells have been retained by Tai Kwun. 

While you were no longer find graffiti on the walls that were done by the prisoners, the prison cells will give you an idea of what it's like to be incarcerated. In fact, you can actually enter the cells and close the doors. 

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3. Exhibitions and Galleries

True to its purpose a cultural hub, Tai Kwun hosts both temporary and permanent exhibitions in its premises. 

The aforementioned Victoria Prison B Hall has its own exhibition, while its D Hall has one of its own as well. There is likewise an exhibit on the history of the Central Police Station, which was once where Tai Kwun currently stands. Another exhibit is dedicated to the Central Magistracy, where a video of the first case ever heard in it is played. 

(Photo : Screenshot taken from the official Facebook page of Tai Kwun )

For information on temporary exhibitions, you can check it out here

As for galleries, some of the galleries you can find in Tai Kwun include Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery, MASSIMODECARLO Gallery, Ora-Ora, and The Gallery by SOIL. 

4. Dining Options

When your stomach starts grumbling during your visit, you don't have to worry because Tai Kwun is home to different restaurants, bars, and even dessert options. 

(Photo : Screenshot taken from the official Facebook page of Dragonfly)

Aarharn, Cantina, Sushi Zo, and The Chinese Library are some of the dining options when you want to grab a meal. Between is a good place to go to for anyone looking for coffee, while 001 and Dragonfly are bars in the area where you can unwind after a long day. 

5. Shops for Souvenirs to Bring Home 

Of course, no trip to Tai Kwun is complete without a visit to its shops. For handmade ceramics and art books, head to Touch Ceramics and TASCHEN, respectively. 

Those looking for plants in sealed bottles for easy transport, you should definitely head to bonart. 

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