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Cultural Mapping Workshop and Exhibition at PMQ Central Hong Kong

Spirit of North Point and Yau Ma Tei

About The Project


Searching for the Spirit of North Point and Yau Ma Tei presents the vibrant outcomes of two workshops held in fall 2018 and spring 2019, which engaged professionals in planning/architecture, secondary school students, social workers, and members of the public in an intensive 4-weekend training and fieldwork session. The workshops trained participants in the technique of “cultural mapping” - a strategy for understanding place, community, and cultural heritage. Through lectures, discussions, group work, and on-site creative documentation, 138 participants explored the two neighborhoods to capture the “spirit of place” found within the local sites and labourforce. Through the participants’ works, we are able to experience these unique Hong Kong neighborhoods from the perspective of a multigenerational, interdisciplinary, and curious team!
Two neighborhood exhibitions are stationed at PMQ (room S507 and S510) from 29 June - 27 July, 2019. To compliment these exhibitions, we encourage visitors to take our interpretive map, download the free iDiscover app, and explore the neighborhood sites. You may find exhibition posters at select sites in North Point and Yau Ma Tei, and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to meet the featured shopkeeper in person!

尋找北角精神和油麻地,展示了2018年秋季和2019年春季舉辦的兩個研討會的活力成果,這些研討會聘請了規劃/建築專業人士,中學生,社會工作者和密集的4名市民。 - 週末培訓和實地考察。研討會培訓了參與者“文化繪圖”技術 - 一種理解地方,社區和文化遺產的戰略。通過講座,討論,小組工作和現場創作文檔,138名參與者探索了兩個社區,以捕捉當地遺址和勞動力中發現的“地方精神”。通過參與者的作品,我們能夠從多代,跨學科,好奇的團隊的角度體驗這些獨特的香港社區!


Project Funded by Built Heritage Conservation Fund, Development Bureau


The Built Heritage Conservation Fund (BHCF) offers funding for public education, community involvement, and publicity activities in order to strengthen community awareness and knowledge of built heritage conservation, enhance public participation, increase volunteering opportunities in heritage conservation works, and mobilise people to take direct and positive action to conserve and revitalize heritage buildings. For more details of the Fund, please refer to the heritage website ( Under the BHCF, a pilot funding scheme for public engagement projects on built heritage conservation was launched in January 2017, The Hong Kong Institute of Architectural Conservationists' project proposal titled "HKICON: Our Neighbourhoods (Heritage of Our Days)" (BHCF-funded project) was approved in March 2018.


Consisting of three separate but related themes, the project runs from 01 June 2018 until 31 December 2019 with public programmes throughout its duration. The three areas of activities are: (1) Neighbourhood Cultural Mapping Workshops and Exhibitions (North Point and Yau Ma Tei), (2) Conservation Techniques and Building Maintenance Trainings, and (3) The Modern Movement in Hong Kong Lecture and Site Visit Series. All events are free and open to the public, with required registration. 


For updates, please check the HKICON website, Facebook page (, and LinkedIn page ( For any questions concerning the activities of the above BHCF-funded Project, please contact

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