Kwun Tong has been undergoing redevelopment over the past few years and many Hongkongers are still treasuring the memories in the old days. Currently, the new Kwun Tong shopping mall YM² is launching the “Love at Kwun Tong Miniature" exhibition in collaboration with Joyful Miniature Association, showcasing the old Kwun Tong to visitors.
One of the largest scale miniature exhibitions in Hong Kong in recent years, this event showcases 38 exhibits including the centrepiece "Yue Man Square, Kwun Tong." It covers historic landmarks such as Yue Man Mansion, Yue Wah Mansion and Bonds Theatre, featuring six AR effects specially designed to add interactive elements to the static miniature art. Visitors could revisit the busy scenes of Kwun Tong via the dedicated mobile app and even become movie stars on the poster shown at the Bonds Theatre.
In addition, visitors can view a number of features of the centrepiece, including blooming fireworks and airships appearing in the skies of Kwun Tong, the late "Kowloon Emperor" Tsang Tsou-choi writing Chinese calligraphy on the street and the prosperous minibus stop and streets with crowds and traffic.
Other signature traditional shops located at Kwun Tong re-created as miniature exhibits include Wing Hing Soy Milk, famous for its soy milk, soybean pudding and sticky rice roll; King of Chicken Cake, which sold a variety of 20 to 30 different kinds of Chinese cakes; and Tsun Yip Store, which sold street food such as spicy fish balls, beef offal, siumai and a wide variety of nostalgic preserved fruits, to name a few. YM² will hold miniature workshops on weekends during the exhibition period. Miniature artists will teach you how to make breakfast in Hong Kong café style, three stuffed treasures, Hong Kong style egg waffle, clay pot rice, pineapple bun earrings or egg tart bracelets.
Lastly, the exhibition also invites longtime Kwun Tong residents to host guided tours share stories about the community in the old days.