Sam Tung Uk is a 200-year-old Hakka walled village that was declared a historical monument in 1981. It was converted into the Sam Tung UK Museum and open to the public after restoration in 1987. In June 2016, the Intangible Cultural Heritage Office set up the "Hong Kong Intangible Cultural Heritage Centre" at Sam Tung Uk Museum as a display and resource centre. It aims to enhance the public's understanding and awareness of ICH through various educational and promotional activities, including exhibitions, lectures, seminars, ICH bearers' demonstrations and workshops. The public can check out our website for the latest news about ICHO's activities.
Occupying an area of 2,000 square metres, the symmetrical layout of the village resembles a chessboard with an entrance hall, an assembly hall and an ancestral hall at the central axis. With four individual houses in the middle, the village is completely walled in by rows of houses at the two sides and the back.
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The exhibition shows the walled village and its period houses as well as various agricultural implements, furniture and everyday objects used by the Hakka people. Also included is a hands-on exhibition entitled The Way We Were, which invites visitors to experience village life through touching the exhibits.
A thematic exhibition The Oral Legacies - Intangible Cultural Heritage of Hong Kong, located at the Exhibition Hall introduces ten local items being inscribed on China's national list of intangible cultural heritage. They cover the areas such as performing arts, rituals, festive events, traditional craftsmanship, and represent the efforts of different local communities in passing on their customs and traditions.