027: St John's Cathedral
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Just off Garden Road in the heart of Central District stands this Anglican cathedral that was established to serve the early British community of the Colony of Victoria, Hong Kong. The cathedral is set in quiet grounds, sheltered from the traffic, next to the Former French Mission Building #026. The building itself is painted yellow and white, and is cool within even on hot days. Built in the 1840s, it has been declared a monument by the government. Daily services are mostly in English but are also held in Cantonese and Mandarin, and in Tagalog on the weekend. St John’s is a beautiful spot for reflection or meditation that has survived in this busy and ever-changing district. The plot of land on which it stands is the only freehold land in the territory of Hong Kong; all other land is owned by the government and leased for periods up to 999 years.
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