St John’s Cathedral

sights / Architecture

Lonely Planet review

Services have been held at this Anglican cathedral since it opened in 1849, except in 1944, when the Japanese army used it as a social club. It suffered heavy damage during WWII and after the war the front doors were remade using timber salvaged from HMS Tamar, a British warship that used to guard the entrance to Victoria Harbour. You walk on sacred ground in more ways than one at St John’s: it is the only piece of freehold land in Hong Kong. Enter from Battery Path.

The cathedral’s choir conducts evensong on the third Sunday of each month (from 6pm) from September to June. You can join them for practice (4.30pm) and worship. Call the cathedral and ask for the choirmaster, Alan Tsang.