Tai Kwun

Tai Kwun

Centre for Heritage and Arts

Tai Kwun is the Centre for Heritage and Arts, a place of inspiration, stimulation and enjoyment for all Hong Kong people. Tai Kwun aspires to offer the best heritage and arts experiences, and to cultivate knowledge and appreciation of contemporary art, performing arts and history in the community.

It is situated in the restored Central Police Station compound, one of the most significant revitalisation projects in Hong Kong, comprising three declared monuments—the former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison.

The revitalisation project has been led by The Hong Kong Jockey Club in partnership with the Government of the Hong Kong SAR. Tai Kwun is the trading name of the Jockey Club CPS Limited, the not-for-profit operator set up by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust to manage the revitalised site.

The highest standards of heritage conservation have been applied at Tai Kwun, with unfailing attention to authenticity, bringing more than a dozen historic buildings to life. In contrast to their original functions as police station, courthouse and prison, the buildings are now fully on display, giving the public the chance to appreciate up close their contrasting architectural features and fine design details.

Visitors will be immersed in the rich heritage of the unique historical compound through interactive tours, heritage storytelling spaces, diverse education programmes and thematic heritage exhibitions. These programmes offer insights into the history of our city and the role of law and order in our society contributing to Hong Kong’s distinctive character as a major world city.

The new building, JC Contemporary, houses a not-for-profit art centre dedicated to presenting contemporary art exhibitions and programmes as a platform for a flourishing cultural discourse in Hong Kong. It hosts six to eight exhibitions annually alongside extensive public programmes.

Tai Kwun’s performing arts programmes aim to bring to life the many remarkable spaces both indoors and outdoors through events which have been designed and tailored to suit these unique venues. JC Cube, the Laundry Steps, the Prison Yard and the Parade Ground will become performance spaces for theatre, music, dance and film, with a wide range of programming to appeal to all audiences.

Tai Kwun also beckons visitors to enjoy an array of lifestyle offerings. The wide-ranging culinary landscape allows visitors to choose between light refreshments or fine dining, while retail shops offer the finest selections of curated books, gifts and apparel. Engaging programmes and workshops will also be hosted to echo the rich heritage and energetic contemporary programme offerings at Tai Kwun.

International Awards & Recognition

Tai Kwun is recognised with Award of Excellence, UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation 

HKICON Conservation Award 2019 – Revitalisation Category The Hong Kong Institute of Architectural Conservationists (HKICON)

Manpower Developers of ERB Manpower Developer Award Scheme 2020-2022

Employees Retraining Board


Award of Excellence, UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation

One of the Top 10 Museums and Cultural Venues of 2019

Designboom magazine

MURAKAMI vs MURAKAMI was named as one of the Top 10 Art Exhibitions in 2019

Designboom magazine

Marco Polo Club Members’ Choice Awards 2019 – Best Hong Kong Arts Venue

Marco Polo Club

HKIA Annual Awards 2018/2019
Special Architectural Award: Heritage & Adaptive Re-use

Hong Kong Institute of Architects

HKIA Annual Awards 2018/2019
HKIA Merit Award of Hong Kong – Mixed Use(es) Building

Hong Kong Institute of Architects

HKICON Conservation Award 2018 - Interpretation Category

The Hong Kong Institute
of Architectural Conservationists

Structural Excellence Award 2019 Grand Award

The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers

Fire Engineering Excellence Award 2019

The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers

Tai Kwun Opening Season was awarded HKDA Global Design Awards 2018 -

Excellence Award on Visual Identity System

Hong Kong Designers Association

100 Faces of Tai Kwun was awarded 2019 FRAME Awards – Social Award (People’s Choice)

FRAME Awards

Prison Architect, a film commissioned by Tai Kwun was selected for the Berlin International Film Festival

Berlinale 2019 (the 69th Berlin International Film Festival)

Tai Kwun Dance Season was awarded Outstanding Small Venue Production at 2019 Hong Kong Dance Awards (Tai Kwun and Joseph Lee, Rebecca Wong, KT Yau Ka-hei)

Hong Kong Dance Alliance

Tai Kwun Dance Season was awarded Outstanding Services to Dance at 2019 Hong Kong Dance Awards

Hong Kong Dance Alliance


One of the World’s 100 Greatest Places 2018 which span six continents and 48 countries and territories

TIME Magazine

New Cultural Destination of the Year - APAC

Leading Cultural Destinations Awards 2018

Grand Award, DFA Design for Asia Awards 2018

Hong Kong Design Centre

100 Faces of Tai Kwun was awarded Merit Award, DFA Design for Asia Awards 2018 Hong Kong Design Centre

AIA Hong Kong Citation 2018

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Hong Kong Chapter

Naming Story

The name "Tai Kwun" in Chinese means "big station", the colloquial name used by police officers and the public alike to refer to the former law enforcement complex. In fact, as early as the 1880s, the name Tai Kwun has been recorded in news articles in reference to the former Central Police Station. The name has been adopted by The Jockey Club CPS Limited as a reminder of the historical importance of the compound.

Design Concept Behind the Logo

With its contemporary, minimalist style, the Tai Kwun logo expresses the sense of endless possibilities that Tai Kwun offers.

The geometric shape represents the triangular roofs of the historic buildings and the rectangular profile of the new — conveying the integration of heritage and contemporary art.