Declared Monuments in Hong Kong - New Territories
Tat Tak Communal Hall is the only remaining purpose-built communal hall in Hong Kong which served as an assembling cum worshipping place for a joint village alliance and a management office of an open market.
The communal hall was built in 1857 by Tang Fan-yau, a gentry of Ping Shan, and his clansmen as an assembling place for village guards and members of Tat Tak Alliance, as well as the management office of Ping Shan Shi.
Tat Tak Communal Hall is also one of the few remaining sites in direct connection with the anti-British resistance in the New Territories in 1899. It is said that a public notice calling for support to the armed resistance was issued in Ping Shan area after a meeting had been held at Tat Tak Communal Hall on 28 March 1899.
As a venue for holding meetings, Tat Tak Communal Hall was built in a simple but functional design. The communal hall was originally a two-hall and three-bay structure and was later expanded with the addition of Hall of Lonesome Consolation and Hall of Bravery on its left and right in 1866. The building is constructed of green bricks with pitched roofs and granite blocks as the lower course.
Phase I restoration works for Tat Tak Communal Hall was conducted by the Antiquities and Monuments Office in 2013. Phase II restoration works for the communal hall will be arranged in 2015 after the completion of improvement works to the slope behind the communal hall. The whole restoration project is expected to be completed in 2016. Tat Tak Communal Hall will be open for public after the full restoration.