Renovation the remedy

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 May, 2012, 12:00am


Lui Seng Chun, one of Hong Kong?s oldest tong laus, or shophouses, opened its doors last week after a HK$28 million year-long facelift to transform it into a centre for traditional Chinese medicine. The 1930s grade-one historic building hosts four practitioners offering acupuncture, Chinese medicine and bone setting to an estimated 80 patients a day.

The building

- Built in 1931

- Formerly a ground-floor bone-setting clinic while upper floors were residential

- Now a traditional Chinese medicine clinic and teaching centre run by Baptist University

- Originally owned by Lui Leung, co-founder of Kowloon Motor Bus (donated by his family to the government in 2003 after lying vacant since 1980)

- Late art deco architecture (Streamline Moderne with neoclassical elements)

- Gross floor area of 6,400 sq ft

Lui Seng Chun

Herbal tea shop and 170 sq ft courtyard (open to public)

Reception and pharmacy

Bone-setting consultation and treatment

Medicine consultation room, acupuncture consultation and treatment room

Chinese herbal garden

Sources: Development Bureau, Baptist University, US National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine