I visited St. John’s Cathedral in Hong Kong, while on my sightseeing tour to Victoria Peak ‘The Peak’. It is a beautiful Early English/ decorated Gothic style Anglical Cathedral with a very interesting history. Sharing my experience of visiting this beautiful cathedral, this lies in the heart of the financial hub of Central district in Hong Kong.
My visit to St. John’s Cathedral in Hong Kong was unplanned (much like my visit to 1881 Heritage while I was out sightseeing the Clock tower & Tsim Sha Tsui promenade). I was walking towards the Peak Tram Terminus from MTR Central Station and as I walked on Garden Road, I saw this beautiful heritage building sandwiched between highrises and skyscrapers. It looked so out of context, yet so comfortable with the surroundings, like a grand old dame resting between the much swankier grandchildren. Just like with 1881 Heritage, I made a mental note to make a visit here while on the way back (and I feel that’s the beauty of solo trips, totally unplanned – one can go anywhere and make as many detours as one likes).
St. John’s cathedral is beautiful from within as it is from outside though photography inside the cathedral is not allowed. I got to know more about this cathedral on the internet afterwards. The St. John’s Cathedral was built in 1849 and extended in 1873; it has shared Hong Kong’s history, ups and downs, even surviving occupation by the Japanese troops during second World War. Today, it is a vibrant testimony and offers a place for the Anglican faith in the city. I totally loved the juxtaposition of this quaint cathedral besides all the skyscrapers of the financial Central district. In fact, once one enters the cathedral, one actually forgets the hectic pace of the city outside for a few moments.
If you are in Hong Kong and visiting the Peak, please make a stopover at St. John’s Cathedral, I guarantee you will love it (the Cathedral also has a website for detailed information , read here).