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Tin Bo House – Guinness Record – World’s Largest Hanging Lantern

April 13, 2021

Name (English): Tin Bo House
Name (Chinese): 天寶樓
Category: Music, Arts & Museum
Phone Number: +852 25452161
Address (English): Shop C, Basement, No. 1-11, Second Street, Dong Cheung Building, Sai Ying Pun
Address (Chinese): 西營盤東祥大廈第二街1-11號,地庫C鋪
Address Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/3LAusEn4gsKZZ7caA
Address longitude and latitude: 22.32253289214916, 114.16766999656494
Nearest MTR Station: Sai Ying Pun Station Exit B1
Nearest MTR Station Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/WVqtxw27Eya9hcCV9
Nearest MTR Station longitude and latitude: 22.28665087813878, 114.14170538126736
How far from the nearest MTR Station: 5-minute walk from Sai Ying Pun Station Exit B1
Opening Hours:
MON 09:00 – 17:00
TUE 09:00 – 17:00
WED 09:00 – 17:00
THU 09:00 – 17:00
FRI 09:00 – 17:00
SAT 09:00 – 17:00
Recommended Time to Visit: Anytime during opening hours
Accessibility Note: easy access

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Feeling mind-blown after checking out the masterpieces of paper offerings along the Joss Paper Street(紙紮街)? If you wish to take a deeper look into how it is made, you can get to learn the craftmanship from Mr. Ha Chung Kin (夏中建) at Tin Bo House in Sai Ying Pun (西營盤), who has dedicated half of his life mastering the art, and even broke the previous Guinness Record of creating the world’s largest hanging lantern. 

His papercrafts have already become an icon of Sai Ying Pun. Once you take MTR exit B1, you will find there are two giant murals displaying the scene of him focusing on his art pieces – a nice foreshadowing of your spiritual experience. Filled with paper offerings hanging from the ceiling, bamboo frames and sheets of paper, the colorful joss-paper workspace is a rare scene in the increasingly gentrified town. 

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Mr Ha’s life is everyone’s goal, turning passion into a business. He started the journey through his dad’s lion dance business where he would help fix the torn lion heads, then other types of paper offerings that include lanterns, paper boats, etc. Interests grew along the way, which even influenced his son to get down to business. Now two masters are in the house to sustain the precious cultural asset. 

The future looks dim for the industry as there is no blood. But Mr. Ha is still confident, proudly saying it will not disappear as long as Taoism still exists, and trying his very best to keep the culture alive. 

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Peggy Lam

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