History buffs, curious students, neighbourhood stalwarts and newbies alike gathered at theDesk for our first Saturday morning heritage walk on May 27th. Our intrigued participants embarked on an interactive hour-long walk, helmed by dedicated archaeologist Richard Lee, under clear skies and bright sun. We were transported to Kennedy Town in the year 1894 all the way up to today with the help of an assortment of antique maps, photographs, historical memos, and a healthy pinch of collective curiosity.
From a modern Watson’s, the popular local pharmacy, to the historical site of the Tung Wah Smallpox Hospital, Lee retraced history using both the new and the old in K-Town to paint a picture of its role in larger Hong Kong and unfolded the stories that the area tells. The walk was bookended with insightful talks on the history and significance of Traditional Chinese Medicine by practitioner Peter Gardner. Participants were quickly immersed into the world of yesteryear as Gardner walked us through the millennia-old science and its place in our city today. All the heritage-walkers came away with a new perspective on Kennedy Town, enriched by a new knowledge of the extensive history that lays dormant around us.
However thorough Lee and Gardner were in showing us the historical-ropes on Saturday morning, we’ve just begun to understand the tip of the iceberg. There is so much more to see and learn in our area. Watch this space for more upcoming heritage walks with Lee in collaboration with theDesk, both in Kennedy Town and Sai Ying Pun! Sign up to our weekly newsletter here or email firstname.lastname@example.org for any enquiries.