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Temple Renovation Nearing One-Year Mark in Hong Kong

In less than two weeks, the Hong Kong China Temple will have been under renovation for a full year, having closed for the three-year project on July 8, 2019. For most of that time, the temple has been hidden from view, cloaked in white debris netting. But like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon, members are looking forward to seeing the transformed exterior of the temple once the netting is removed.

Hong Kong China Temple Dressed in White

Sporting a form-fitting, ruffled debris net, the Hong Kong China Temple continues to be renovated under wraps. The exterior of the building is at an unknown stage of transformation—a process that includes stripping the granite cladding, making alterations and improvements to the exterior walls, attaching moisture barriers, and recladding the building in new stone.

Hong Kong China Temple Renovation Progressing

The decommissioned Hong Kong China Temple is wrapped in white debris netting as interior and exterior renovations are carried out. In front of the building, a covered sidewalk shields pedestrians from the construction activity. The exterior stone of the temple is to be removed, allowing for alterations to the exterior appearance of the building and giving contractors an opportunity to install superior moisture barriers that will protect against Hong Kong's humid subtropical climate.

Renovation Details Shared for the Hong Kong China Temple

Interior renderings and details of the renovation of the Hong Kong China Temple have been released. The temple closed last month for a three-year project that will upgrade the mechanical, electrical, heating, and plumbing systems. To create a better patron experience, some of the rooms and windows will be reconfigured, and the meetinghouse level will be repurposed for temple use. The building will receive better protection against moisture and will be refaced with new exterior stone. New art glass, artwork, and furniture—following an Asian motif—will beautify the interior of the building. The steeple and angel Moroni will be removed.

Hong Kong China Temple Closes for Renovation

The Hong Kong China Temple officially closes today to accommodate an extensive renovation. It was the first multipurpose temple building constructed by the Church, housing a temple, meetinghouse, family history center, mission office, and three apartments. Several non-temple spaces are expected to be reclaimed for temple worship, as the Church in recent years has constructed a meetinghouse, housing facilities, mission office, and distribution center across the street.

Hong Kong China Temple to Undergo Renovation

The First Presidency has announced that the Hong Kong China Temple will close on July 8, 2019, for an extensive renovation. The temple was originally constructed in the 1990s as a multipurpose Church facility housing a temple, a meetinghouse, a family history center, a small mission office, and three apartments with elevators that go only to certain floors. The Church has since constructed a beautiful meetinghouse, housing facilities, mission office, and distribution center across the street, reclaiming many of the functions that were once housed in the temple building.

First Stakes in Cambodia

The first stakes in Cambodia were organized on Sunday: the Phnom Penh Cambodia North Stake and Phnom Penh Cambodia South Stake. The stakes belong to the Hong Kong temple district, which covers over one third of the world's population. The 20th anniversary of the Church in Cambodia will be celebrated this Saturday.

Growth in Hong Kong China Temple District

India's first stake was organized today in Hyderabad under the Hong Kong China Temple District. Since the temple was dedicated in 1996, the temple district has experienced great growth including the maturation of two districts into stakes in Indonesia, the creation of a stake and two districts in Mongolia, seven new districts in Malaysia, five in China, five in Cambodia, four in India, and one each in Thailand and Sri Lanka. The first stake in Cambodia is expected in the coming months.