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Victoria Prison

Built in 1841 and situated between Old Bailey Street and Arbuthnot Road in Central, Victoria Prison was the first prison in Hong Kong.
The penal institution had been a medium-security prison for detention of prisoners of both sexes and non-local residents who had completed their sentence pending deportation.

Declared a monuments on 8 September 1995, the prison together with the adjacent former Central Police Station and the former Central Magistracy forms an impressive group of historical architecture and has been  an empty site for quite some time – that is until this month when it has been used the the BoDW people for an exhibition and currently in in use for a photographic exhibition of 19th Century photographs of Hong Kong.

Not only is it worth  a visit to see the old photographs that make you realise how much to landscape has been changed by the urban planners, but you also get to see inside the Victorian prison that sits right slap bang in the middle of Central Hong Kong.

 

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Posted by simon on December 16, 2010

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