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One of Hong Kong’s most iconic sightseeing attractions is the unmistakable Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower. This impressive landmark is considered to be one of the city’s oldest monuments and stands on the location where the Kowloon railway station once stood. The Clock Tower stands an imposing 44 m in height and features a 7 m lightning rod positioned at its apex.
At the time of its construction the tower only featured a clock on one of its faces, which had actually been obtained from a similar tower that was pulled down a short time earlier. However in subsequent years additional clocks were installed on the other faces of the tower. By the year 1921 all of the clocks were functioning in synchronization. Since this time it is believed that these clocks have kept time continuously, save for the period of occupation by Japanese invaders at the time of World War II.
In the course of time the railway station was relocated to a different location and its principal building was pulled down. However the clock tower was spared this fate as local residents successfully rallied to save it from being demolished. Today this distinctive clock tower provides the correct time for local residents as well as visitors. It is an esteemed part of the local skyline and has become an unmistakable symbol of Hong Kong.
At the time when the Kowloon railway station was pulled down, room was allocated for several additional attractions including a cultural centre and a museum. A visit to this historically significant location will capture the interest of the sightseer who appreciates cultural attractions.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.