The Hong Kong China Temple is located in the quiet residential district of Kowloon Tong, a suburb of Hong Kong on the Kowloon Peninsula. The striking edifice, inspired by Hong Kong colonial architecture, features vertical columns of art glass, ornamented exterior walls, and a captivating water feature outside the enclosed temple grounds. Across the street from the temple is a three-story Church facility containing a meetinghouse, mission offices, housing facilities, and a distribution center.
The Hong Kong China Temple was the first temple built in China and the second built in mainland Asia, following the Seoul Korea Temple (1985).
The Hong Kong China Temple was the first multipurpose temple building built by the Church, as envisioned and sketched by President Gordon B. Hinckley in the nighttime hours following a pleading prayer for inspiration while on a trip to Hong Kong to locate a site for the temple.
The Hong Kong China Temple was originally named the Hong Kong Temple.
The Hong Kong China Temple is the only temple that opens each quarter on Sunday to accommodate members, mostly Filipino sisters, who are employed as domestic workers six days a week.
The Hong Kong China Temple building originally housed a temple (subbasement, 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors), a meetinghouse (basement and 1st floor), a family history center (subbasement), a small mission office (2nd floor), and three apartments (2nd floor) for the temple president and matron, mission president and companion, and mission office missionaries. The sealing rooms were located on the 5th floor; the two endowment rooms, celestial room, and women's dressing rooms on the 4th floor; the men's dressing rooms, temple offices, and waiting area on the 3rd floor; the recommend desk on the 1st floor; and the baptistry in the subbasement.
The Hong Kong China Temple is the only temple to have had a steeple and angel Moroni statue permanently removed as part of a renovation. The steeple stood atop the building from the time of its dedication in 1996 until its renovation closure in 2019.
On January 30, 2019, the First Presidency announced that the Hong Kong China Temple would close on July 8, 2019, for an extensive three-year renovation. Details of that renovation, including renderings of the interior and exterior, were shared in a news release issued on August 6, 2019, a month after the temple had closed. The temple is expected to be rededicated in 2022, following a public open house.
The Hong Kong China Temple serves members from 21 stakes and 22 districts headquartered in Hong Kong, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Mongolia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Macau, and Sri Lanka:
- Hong Kong China District (English)
- Hong Kong China Kowloon East Stake
- Hong Kong China Kowloon West Stake
- Hong Kong China Lion Rock Stake
- Hong Kong China New Territories Stake
- Hong Kong China Tolo Harbour Stake
- Hong Kong Island China Stake
- Bengaluru India Stake
- Chennai India District
- Coimbatore India District
- Hyderabad India Stake
- New Delhi India Stake
- Rajahmundry India Stake
- Visakhapatnam India District
- Bangkok Thailand North Stake
- Bangkok Thailand Stake
- Bangkok Thailand West Stake
- Chiang Mai Thailand District
- Ubon Thailand Stake
- Udorn Thailand District
- Battambang Cambodia District
- Kampong Cham Cambodia District
- Phnom Penh Cambodia East District
- Phnom Penh Cambodia North Stake
- Phnom Penh Cambodia South Stake
- Siem Reap Cambodia District
- Ipoh Malaysia District
- Kota Kinabalu Malaysia District
- Kuala Lumpur Malaysia District
- Kuching Malaysia District
- Miri Malaysia District
- Sibu Malaysia District
- Hanoi Vietnam District
- Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam District
- Macau China District
- Colombo Sri Lanka District
Notable temple presidents have included:
- Richard F. Lee 2016–
- Chung H.P. Wong 2013–2016
- John M. Aki 2010–2013
- Charles W. H. Goo 2007–2010
- Kwok Yuen Tai 2004–2007
- Jerry D. Wheat 2001–2004
- W. Brent Hardy 1998–2001
- Kat Hing Ng 1996–1998
Template:Main article Temple access is available to church members who hold a current temple recommend, as is the case with all operating Latter-day Saints temples. An adjacent visitors center is open to the public. An LDS Church meetinghouse is across the street on the East, which is also open to the public.
- LDS Church in China
- China List of Stakes of the Church
- Mormon Temples List
Hong Kong China Temple
The Hong Kong China Temple is the 48th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the 1st temple built in China. It is located in the quiet residential district of Kowloon Tong, a suburb of Hong Kong on the Kowloon Peninsula. The striking edifice, inspired by Hong Kong colonial architecture, features vertical columns of art glass, ornamented exterior walls, and a captivating water feature outside the enclosed temple grounds. Across the street from the temple is a three-story Church facility containing a meetinghouse, mission offices, housing facilities, and a distribution center.