Hugging the eastern shores of the Kowloon Peninsula, Hung Hom is a largely residential district overlooking Victoria Harbour. It’s been partially reclaimed several times since the mid-19th century and was known as Yamashita District during the Japanese occupation of World War II. It’s now home to one of the largest shopping malls in Hong Kong, as well as a diverse choice of restaurants and cafes.
Things to do in Hung Hom
You can get your retail fix at the Wonderful Worlds of Whampoa, a sprawling shopping mall that’s inspired by a luxury cruise ship. Discover the culinary delights of Whampoa Gourmet Place or pick up the latest clothing and accessories at Fashion World. Among the mall’s entertainment facilities are a bowling alley, a cinema complex and the Jumpin Gym.
Coincide your visit with an event at the Hong Kong Coliseum, which hosts sporting competitions as well as pop concerts, ice-skating shows and conventions. It’s designed like an inverted pyramid and can accommodate up to 12,500 people in its main arena, with the lack of columns ensuring everyone enjoys unobstructed views.
Hidden in the streets of Hung Hom is the Senso Italiano, a gallery owned by the contemporary Italian artist, Danilo Giannoni. Browse his mesmerising works created using Ebru, an ancient Islamic technique that consists of painting on water before transferring the works to paper or canvas. The gallery is a short stroll from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the recreational facilities of the Hong Tat Path Garden.
Getting around Hung Hom
Hung Hom is around 10 minutes’ drive from Central and 30 minutes from Hong Kong International Airport, with frequent trains connecting to Hung Hom and Whampoa subway stations. Regular ferries depart Hung Hom Pier and travel to North Point and Central, while buses travel throughout the district.