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Revitalization of Historic Buildings in Hong Kong special stamp issue

Revitalization of Historic Buildings in Hong Kong special stamp issue
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To enhance heritage conservation in the territory, the Government of Hong Kong rolled out the Revitalizing Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme in 2008 which aims not only to preserve historic buildings, but also to develop them into remarkable cultural landmarks and put them to good and innovative use. Hongkong Post issues a set of six special stamps on "Revitalization of Historic Buildings in Hong Kong" depicting the historical background of the six historic buildings under Batch I of the Revitalization Scheme and their usage after revitalization, with the objective of enhancing public understanding of the conservation and revitalization of historic buildings.

$1.40 – YHA Mei Ho House Youth Hostel: apart from providing dormitory service, Mei Ho House of Livelihood, highlighting the historical development of Sham Shui Po and Shek Kip Mei as well as aspects of life in resettlement blocks, will also be set up. The stamp features YHA Mei Ho House Youth Hostel and, on the right, a globe, a map and a rucksack, to symbolize tourism.

$1.80 – The Yuen Yuen Institute "Fong Yuen Study Hall": it is believed to have been a small private school built for the children in Ma Wan. Classrooms on the ground floor have been transformed into the museum to showcase the lives of Ma Wan residents; classrooms and the lobby on the first floor will be used for promoting Chinese traditional and cultural education. The stamp represents The Yuen Yuen Institute "Fong Yuen Study Hall" with exhibits of Chinese writing brushes, an inkstone and a bamboo fish basket showcased inside the Hall, on the left.

$2.40 – Jao Tsung-I Academy: it was previously known as Lai Chi Kok Hospital. Built between 1921 and 1924, the hospital was used successively as a quarantine depot, prison, hospital and health care centre for mental patients. Now Jao Tsung-I Academy is transformed from the hospital as part of a conservation project with a portfolio of historic buildings, art exhibitions and outdoor scenic areas. The stamp depicts the Jao Tsung-I Academy, with the works of Professor Jao Tsung-I and a Kunqu character on the left.

$2.50 – Hong Kong Baptist University School of Chinese Medicine – Lui Seng Chun: built around 1931 and owned by Mr Lui Leung, the ground floor of the building was occupied by a Chinese bone-setting medicine shop named "Lui Seng Chun" while the upper floors served as living quarters for members of the Lui family. Hong Kong Baptist University School of Chinese Medicine – Lui Seng Chun commenced operation in April 2012, offering a Chinese medicine out-patient service and diversified specialty services to the community. The stamp illustrates Hong Kong Baptist University School of Chinese Medicine with Chinese brass herb tea containers and a Chinese medicine cabinet commonly found in Chinese medicine shops pictured on the right.

$3 – Tai O Heritage Hotel: it is composed of two buildings, with the Main Building completed in 1902 and the Outhouse block in 1962. Tai O Heritage Hotel, opened in February 2012, provides nine distinguished guestrooms and suites. A publicly-accessed Heritage Interpretation Centre was also set up to illustrate the history of the former police station and that of the Tai O people. The stamp portrays the Tai O Heritage Hotel, featuring a hotel guestroom on the bottom right.

$5 – SCAD Hong Kong: it is the former North Kowloon Magistracy, built in 1960 to handle offences within the Kowloon district. SCAD Hong Kong has offered different courses on animation, advertising design, photography, illustrations and more, for local and overseas students since commencement of service in September 2010. The project aims to develop Hong Kong as a regional art and design educational hub and improve its global competitiveness in the creative industry. The stamp shows SCAD Hong Kong, and displays different artistic tools and pieces of art produced by the students on the left.

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