Grading: Grade 1 (Chapel)
There are many cemeteries in Happy Valley. The oldest one in the area is the Hong Kong Cemetery, which has, since 1841, served as the final resting place for many, including British soldiers who died in the city during the early days of Hong Kong. It is for this reason that the place is called “Happy Valley” — a name for paradise of the deceased. The cemetery was officially opened in 1845. A chapel was built in the same year as a place for memorial services in the cemetery. Members of the British garrison, government officials, and missionaries were among those buried in the site during the early years. The cemetery later became the burial ground for people of other nationalities including Chinese and Japanese. Many famous people, such as the wealthy Chinese merchant Sir Robert Ho Tung, the Armenian tycoon Sir Paul Chater, and the Chinese revolutionary leader of the late Qing Dynasty Yeung Ku-wan, are also buried here.
The Hong Kong Cemetery takes the form of a garden that provides a scenic and tranquil setting. Inside, a European-style fountain, and a sundial that measures time by the position of the Sun, have more than a hundred years of history. There are also a number of monuments commemorating different historical events.
The project is supported by Lord Wilson Heritage Trust.
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