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PostSubject: Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum   Mon Mar 03, 2008 12:19 am

Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum



Introduction

The Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb was discovered in 1955 when the Government was levelling a hill slope at the Lei Cheng Uk Village for the construction of resettlement buildings. According to its structure, inscriptions on the tomb bricks and tomb finds, it is believed that the tomb was built in the Eastern Han dynasty (AD 25 - 220). The tomb was declared as a gazetted monument in 1988 and is preserved permanently thereafter. Though it is closed to the public for conservation reasons, visitors can still have a glimpse of the interior of the tomb through the glass panel at the entrance passage.

The exhibition hall was built adjacent to the tomb. In addition to the display of pottery and bronze wares excavated from the tomb, there are two exhibitions namely "Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb" and "Han Culture in South China". Texts, graphics, photos, maps, videos and models are used to introduce the geographical situation, discovery and structure of the tomb. Visitors can also learn the social and cultural characteristics of South China during the Han dynasties (206 BC - AD 220) from the exhibitions.

"Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb"

Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb is the only Eastern Han brick tomb ever found in Hong Kong. It was accidentally discovered in 1955 during the construction of the Lei Cheng Uk Resettlement Estate. The Han Tomb is a cross-shaped brick structure with four chambers - Front Chamber, Rear Chamber, Left Side Chamber and Right Side Chamber - and an Entrance Passage. The Front Chamber has a domed roof while the other chambers are barrel vaulted. This was a common design among Eastern Han tombs. Most bricks (average size 40x20x5cm) had plain surfaces but some bore inscriptions and decorations. Over 10 kinds of decorations were noted, most being geometric patterns comprising lozenges and wheel shapes. Simplified animal images were also found.

General Information

Address
41 Tonkin Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon .

Enquiries
Tel.: 2386 2863
Fax: 2361 2105

Transportation
1. Take the MTR to Cheung Sha Wan Station, a 10 minutes' walk along Tonkin Street from the A3 Exit
2. Take the Kowloon Motor Bus No.2A (from Lok Wah to Mei Foo) and get off at the entrance of the Museum
3. Take the Kowloon Motor Bus No.2 (from Star Ferry to So Uk) or Tunnel Bus No.112 (from North Point (Pak Fu Rd) to So Uk) and get off at Po On Road, then walk 2 minutes along Tonkin Street.

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Opening Hours
Mon to Wed, Fri to Sat: 10 am - 6 pm
Sun & public holidays: 1 pm - 6 pm

Closing Days
Thursdays, Christmas and the day after, New Year's Day, the first three days of the Lunar New Year, the Museum will close at 5 pm on Christmas Eve and Lunar New Year's Eve

Free Admission

Offical Website
http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/History/en/lcuht.php
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