The project launching ceremony of the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) School of Chinese Medicine – Lui Seng Chun (雷生春) was held today (14 January). HKBU will draw on its expertise in Chinese medicine and experience in building revitalisation to restore Lui Seng Chun, an 80-year-old Grade I historical building. The project will contribute greatly to local heritage conservation and the development of Chinese medicine and related education.
In 2009, HKBU was selected by the Development Bureau of the HKSAR government to undertake the Lui Seng Chun project under the Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme.
HKBU will transform the Lui Seng Chun building into a Chinese medicine clinic to be named the Hong Kong Baptist University School of Chinese Medicine – Lui Seng Chun, blending healthcare services, education and exhibition facilities. While conserving the heritage and architectural merits of Lui Seng Chun, the clinic will provide comprehensive Chinese medicine and healthcare services to the community, enhance public knowledge of Chinese medicine and help to train professionals in the field. The conversion will also turn the building into a historical and cultural landmark.
Officiating at the ceremony were Mrs. Carrie Lam, Secretary for Development, HKSAR; Dr. Philip Wu, member of the Advisory Committee on the Revitalization of Historic Buildings; Mr. Charles Lui, representative of the Lui family; Mr. Chung Kong-mo, Chairman of the Yau Tsim Mong District Council; Professor Albert Chan, President and Vice-Chancellor, HKBU; Mr. Andy Lee, Vice-President (Administration) and Secretary, HKBU; and Professor Liu Liang, Dean of the School of Chinese Medicine, HKBU.
In his speech at the ceremony, Professor Albert Chan said: “HKBU is confident of upholding the spirit of Lui Seng Chun in turning this historical building into a Chinese Medicine clinic blending historical value, healthcare services, and public health education all in one.” President Chan also thanked colleagues involved in the project for making the University stand out among various applicants.
Mrs. Carrie Lam said that this is the first private historical building donated to the government on a no-reward basis. The generosity of the Lui family, she noted, sets a good example for the community. Mrs. Lam expressed her gratitude to HKBU for taking up the important responsibility of revitalising the Lui Seng Chun building. She hoped that the completed project will offer business opportunities to society in the future and enable the community to enjoy comprehensive Chinese medical service as well as arousing awareness of and interest in local culture.
Dr. Philip Wu said: “The Advisory Committee on the Revitalization of Historic Buildings believes that HKBU will revitalise Lui Seng Chun into a unique cultural landmark and tourist spot, enabling the revitalisation of historical buildings to go beyond the community level and reach every stratum in Hong Kong, thereby contributing to the betterment of the development of society.”
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Charles Lui said that his family donated the Lui Seng Chun building to the government in 2003 on a no-reward basis. The deal was made in the hope that Lui Seng Chun, as an historical building and part of local collective memory, could be preserved in a way that would benefit the whole community. For enabling this, Mr. Lui expressed his appreciation to the Development Bureau, various government departments and the advisory committee. He truly believed that HKBU would try its best to revitalise and make good use of Lui Seng Chun to further promote the development of Chinese medicine.
The cost of the Lui Seng Chun renovation project is estimated to be around HK$26.6 million and completion is expected in April 2012. The clinic will offer a wide range of quality Chinese medical services to the public, from internal medicine to bone-setting, naprapathy and acupuncture, etc. Regular free medical consultations will also be provided for the needy. In addition, the clinic will organise periodic Chinese medicine exhibitions and healthcare talks for the public. Internship positions will be made available to, and training courses run for, Chinese medicine students and practitioners.
In terms of heritage conservation, HKBU will retain, as far as possible, the original look of the building and most of its typical architectural features, including the “Kee-lau” (騎樓Chinese veranda) design, decorative balustrades, doors, windows, floor tiles and the stone plaque marked with the name of the old family shop “Lui Seng Chun” installed at the top of the building.
Built in 1931, Lui Seng Chun is located at 119 Lai Chi Kok Road, Mong Kok, in Kowloon. The four-storey building, with a total gross floor area of 600 square metres, has been categorised as a Grade I historical building. “Lui Seng Chun” was the name of a Chinese bone-setting medicine shop that was once located on the ground floor of the building. The shop later came to be regarded as representative of the development of local Chinese medicine.
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