Pokfulam Village – the Village that Lives under the Victoria Peak
Situated in the Southern District on the Hong Kong Island, Pokfulam Village is a village that has a history of over 200 years. Information about Pok Fu Lam could be found as early as in the “Xinan Gazetteer”, which was published during the Jiaqing reign in the Qing Dynasty (1819). Later, since the Dairy Farm built its farm in Pok Fu Lam and provided a myriad of job opportunities, together with the sanitorium and the printing house of the Missions Etrangères de Paris, the population of the village grew rapidly, and a unique way of life and culture was formed as a result.
With the change of times and social developments, it seemed that land resumption by the Government was an inevitably fate of Pokfulam Village. Therefore, the villagers there joined forces to safeguard the oldest village on Hong Kong Island.
Established in 2009, Pokfulam Village Cultural Landscape Conservation Group aims at fostering the conservation of the monuments of and around Pokfulam Village. Village head SIU Kwan-lun and WONG Kwong-cheung are the core members of the Conservation Group. By setting up the community archives, which was unprecedented in Hong Kong, and organising guided tours and various kinds of cultural events, people in Hong Kong can have a better understanding of Pokfulam Village and their awareness of the village can also be enhanced. Pokfulam Village had even been included in the 2014 World Monuments Watch list by the World Monuments Fund.
In Pokfulam Village, all sorts of construction materials were used to build the houses, while the houses were not built in orderly rows, which happen to reflect the villagers’ wisdom of life. Architect Allen POON pointed out that, given a small land area and dense population, the villagers of Pokfulam Village had to exert their wisdom of life and make full use of the space and materials to build their own homes in order to cope with their needs, which gave birth to the distinctive architectural features of Pokfulam Village.
In 2017, the Conservation Group had even applied for funds from the Lord Wilson Heritage Trust to launch the Pok Fu Lam Village Community Archives Cultural Heritage Sharing Program. Through events of various forms, different schools and students of different ages were able to know more about this hospitable, old village.
Producer: Yoko Pang
Assistant Producer: Emily Kwok