During Hong Kong’s earliest days as a British colony, Sai Ying Pun played an important role in the establishment of the city’s medical system. The footprints of such development can still be found today.
Sai Ying Pun was one of the earliest settlement sites of the Chinese in Hong Kong, and before government-funded medical services became widely available to the public, there were numerous healthcare facilities in the district. These facilities treated their patients based on the philosophy of Chinese folk medicine. In addition, land in Sai Ying Pun was cheaper than in Central and Sheung Wan, and so the government and other organizations chose Sai Ying Pun as an ideal site to build healthcare institutions. As a result, one can find many traces of the development of medical and healthcare services in Sai Ying Pun.