Hong Kong China Temple
48th dedicated temple in operation; closed for renovation
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Address2 Cornwall Street
Telephone: (+852) 2339-8100
ServicesClothing rental available
NO cafeteria available
Patron housing available
Distribution center nearby (Store Locator)
Announcement:3 October 1992
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:22 January 1994 by John K. Carmack
Public Open House:7–21 May 1996
Dedication:26–27 May 1996 by Gordon B. Hinckley
Exterior Finish:Polished granite
Ordinance Rooms:Two ordinance rooms (stationary) and two sealing
Total Floor Area:21,744 square feet
On January 30, 2019, the First Presidency announced that the Hong Kong China Temple would close on July 8, 2019, for an extensive three-year renovation. Details of that renovation, including renderings of the interior and exterior, were shared in a news release issued on August 6, 2019, a month after the temple had closed. The temple is expected to be rededicated in 2022, following a public open house. Highlights of the project including the following:
- Grounds. The enclosed temple grounds and landscaping will be reimagined and refreshed, offering a beautiful park-like retreat for temple patrons and guests.
- Exterior. The exterior stone of the temple will be replaced, and enhanced protections against moisture will be incorporated. The shape and placement of several windows will change. And the dome, spire, and angel Moroni statue will be permanently removed.
- Interior. The floor plan of the temple will be reconfigured to create a better patron experience, including converting the former meetinghouse spaces on the 1st floor into temple spaces. Asian-inspired art glass will be installed both inside the temple and in the exterior window openings. New furniture and artwork will be featured throughout the building.
- Mechanical. Modern equipment and materials will be used to replace any dated mechanical, electrical, heating, and plumbing systems that support the temple.
The Hong Kong China Temple is located in the quiet residential district of Kowloon Tong, a suburb of Hong Kong on the Kowloon Peninsula. The striking edifice, inspired by Hong Kong colonial architecture, features vertical columns of art glass, ornamented exterior walls, and a captivating water feature outside the enclosed temple grounds. Across the street from the temple is a three-story Church facility containing a meetinghouse, mission offices, housing facilities, and a distribution center.
The Hong Kong China Temple was the first temple built in China and the second built in mainland Asia, following the Seoul Korea Temple (1985).
The Hong Kong China Temple was the first multipurpose temple building built by the Church, as envisioned and sketched by President Gordon B. Hinckley in the nighttime hours following a pleading prayer for inspiration while on a trip to Hong Kong to locate a site for the temple.
The Hong Kong China Temple was originally named the Hong Kong Temple.
The Hong Kong China Temple is the only temple that opens each quarter on Sunday to accommodate members, mostly Filipino sisters, who are employed as domestic workers six days a week.
The Hong Kong China Temple building originally housed a temple (subbasement, 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors), a meetinghouse (basement and 1st floor), a family history center (subbasement), a small mission office (2nd floor), and three apartments (2nd floor) for the temple president and matron, mission president and companion, and mission office missionaries. The sealing rooms were located on the 5th floor; the two endowment rooms, celestial room, and women's dressing rooms on the 4th floor; the men's dressing rooms, temple offices, and waiting area on the 3rd floor; the recommend desk on the 1st floor; and the baptistry in the subbasement.
The Hong Kong China Temple is the only temple to have had a steeple and angel Moroni statue permanently removed as part of a renovation. The steeple stood atop the building from the time of its dedication in 1996 until its renovation closure in 2019.
Elder David O. McKay of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated China for the preaching of the gospel on January 9, 1921, within the walls of the "Forbidden City" in Beijing.
Elder Matthew Cowley, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and Chinese native Henry Aki officially opened missionary work in Hong Kong by prayer on July 14, 1949, from the Peak—the highest point overlooking the city of Hong Kong.
The Kowloon Tong chapel, Hong Kong mission home, and Hong Kong mission office, which stood on side-by-side lots, were all razed to make way for the Hong Kong China Temple. The temple originally housed replacements for these facilities, but later, the Church constructed a meetinghouse, housing facilities, mission office, and distribution center across the street.
Elder John K. Carmack of the Seventy presided over the groundbreaking ceremony of the Hong Kong China Temple. Invited to attend were Hong Kong stake and ward leaders, their wives, and invited guests.
The angel Moroni statue was added to the spire of the Hong Kong China Temple on December 12, 1995. Several hundred spectators gathered to witness the Moroni raising.
During its public open house, over 13,000 people toured the interior of the Hong Kong China Temple including over 500 VIP guests and 25 ministers of other faiths.
The Hong Kong China Temple was dedicated in seven sessions over two days. President Gordon B. Hinckley, who dedicated the temple, had participated in the dedication or rededication of all but five of the Church's operating temples.
Hong Kong was under British rule at the time the Hong Kong China Temple was dedicated, but sovereignty transferred to China just over a year later on July 1, 1997.
Following the dedication of the Hong Kong China Temple, President Gordon B. Hinckley became the first president of the Church to visit mainland China when he arrived in Shenzhen—a "sister cultural city" of the Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii.
A replacement angel Moroni statue was hoisted atop the Hong Kong China Temple on August 5, 2016, just over 20 years following the dedication.