Ombudsman chides Lands Department for lax attitude to pet columbarium

The Ombudsman has chastised the Lands Department for being lax in cracking down on an illegal pet funeral business. Photo: Reuters

The department did not consider the case "high priority" because there were no fire safety breaches, so it issued only warnings to the company over the years, Alan Lai Nin said.

Friday, 10 May, 2013, 4:46am

Kwai Chung residents up in arms over columbarium's 'illegal' rooftop stage

Residents who live in the neighbourhood are up in arms over Hong Dao Tang columbarium's "illegal" rooftop structure. Photo: Edward Wong

Disputes between Kwai Chung residents and a private columbarium have worsened after fresh complaints were filed over a temporary rooftop structure. The columbarium, Hong Dao Tang, recently erected on its roof a 100 square metre bamboo shelter where it held Taoist rituals.

27 Feb 2013 - 4:29am

Taoist hall asks court to declare it religious, to house human ashes

A Taoist hall asked a court to declare it a religious institute, so it could serve as a repository for human ashes.

9 Dec 2012 - 3:59am

Some potential urn niche sites not yet confirmed

Dr Ko wing-man

Some of the 24 potential columbarium sites identified by the government at least 18 months ago had yet to be confirmed, the health minister admitted yesterday.

Further planning and consultation with district councils was heeded, Dr Ko Wing-man said.

11 Nov 2012 - 5:10am

Architects unveil plans for floating columbarium

Artist's impression of Floating Eternity berthed at the new Kai Tak cruise terminal. Photo: SCMP

A local architecture firm has come up with an ingenious way to alleviate the growing shortage of burial space - by turning a ship into a floating columbarium.

Bread Studio has developed the concept, which it calls Floating Eternity, with space for 370,000 niches.

4 Nov 2012 - 4:13am 2 comments

What the local media says

Burial spaces are running out

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Beijing inspector collects views on CY Leung from business sector

3 Nov 2012 - 3:33am

Pok Fu Lam residents angry at new columbarium

A columbarium in construction on Victoria Road. Photo: SCMP

A Christian union's plan to build a 10-storey, 36,000-niche columbarium in Pok Fu Lam has angered residents, who fear it will bring traffic woes and mar the landscape of the neighbourhood.

A spokesman for the Chinese Christian Churches Union said it had every right to build on its land because it belongs to them and the plan has cleared all the regulatory hurdles.

28 Oct 2012 - 4:59am

Letters to the Editor, September 29, 2012

Outside court where the three bloggers were tried. Photo: AFP

Performance rating plea for all hospitals

I recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal on ways to improve better public monitoring and rating of hospitals in the United States.

28 Sep 2012 - 11:44pm

Computer ballot for niches at new Wo Hop Shek columbarium

A view inside the new columbarium at Wo Hop Shek. Photo: Felix Wong

The completion of a new HK$629.5 million public columbarium in Wo Hop Shek may help reduce waiting times of up to five years for a public urn niche, but the 20,800 applicants already on the waiting list will not get priority.

29 Aug 2012 - 3:14am

Lai See

EPD on a path to desecrate ecologically sensitive area

We have been following the efforts of the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) to desecrate one of the most pristine ecological sites in Hong Kong.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:20pm


Most dog owners are responsible

I refer to the letter from Justin O'Brien ('It makes sense in high-density HK for housing estates to impose dog ban', July 8), replying to my letter ('Dog-free estates are wrong', July 1).

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Urn firm that claims it's a shrine loses appeal

The operator of a human ash repository has once more lost a linguistic argument that its facility is a shrine not a columbarium and therefore not subject to planning rules.

Throwing out the contention of The Shrine in Yuen Long, the Court of Appeal also ordered it to pay the government's costs in opposing the case.

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

'Alternative' ash burials start to gain ground

Hongkongers are increasingly opting for their ashes to be scattered in a 'garden of remembrance' as opposed to costlier, traditional burial arrangements such as the use of niches, says a funeral services firm.

30 May 2012 - 12:00am

Tough approach wins land battle

Finally, land officials appear to appreciate that a law becomes meaningless if it is not properly enforced. Last week, the government launched a series of high-profile actions against some prominent cases of land abuse in the New Territories. Enforcers descended on a Yuen Long recreation park and cordoned off facilities built on illegally occupied land.

7 May 2012 - 12:00am

Illegal columbarium repossessed

Lands officials yesterday repossessed the site of a columbarium on a Tai Po island after the landowner defied an order to rectify land lease breaches.

The seizure of the land on Ma Shi Chau resulted in about two dozen apparently occupied underground niches - which officials believe are decoys - becoming government property.

1 May 2012 - 12:00am