Tsang Tsou Choi

'King of Kowloon' Tsang Tsou-choi's surviving street art threatened

Photo: Red Dog Studios

While a graffiti work by the "King of Kowloon" has made its way to a public museum, one of the last remaining authentic street works by Tsang Tsou-choi is slowly decaying, its future still a muddle.

Saturday, 22 September, 2012, 4:00am

King of Kowloon's graffiti to appear in new M+ museum

"King of Kowloon" Tsang Tsou-choi's graffiti-covered wooden doors will be featured in the new M+ museum. Photo: Red Dog Studios

The late graffiti artist known as the "King of Kowloon" has finally won official recognition, with one of his works finding a permanent home in a public museum.

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority has bought a pair of wooden doors bearing the celebrated calligraphy of Tsang Tsou-choi, a legendary figure who died in 2007.

23 Sep 2012 - 3:03pm


Top-class suites are appropriate

Hong Kong has evolved under 'one country, two systems'.

6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Record price for 'King of Kowloon' work

A buyer paid a record price of HK$800,000 for rare piece of calligraphy by the street artist known as the 'King of Kowloon' in a Sotheby's sale last night.

3 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Record prices tipped for The King of Kowloon

Two rare calligraphy pieces by the late Hong Kong street artist Tsang Tsou-choi to be auctioned at a Sotheby's sale tonight are expected to bring a record price for a work by the man known as the King of Kowloon.

2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Investors find home is where the art is

With Chinese contemporary art prices soaring, Bart Dekker, a financial adviser, decided it was time to adjust his collecting habits.

20 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Royalties overdue

Almost four years after his death, one of Hong Kong's most famous artists is about to receive an honour that many believe is long overdue: a large-scale exhibition of his works.

17 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Creating your identity

The Arts Ambassadors-in-School Scheme is organised by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. It encourages students to take their passion for the arts beyond the campus and into the wider community. The ambassadors will take part in a series of arts programmes during the school holidays.

25 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Reading the cards makes for some interesting times

I used to think it was a Jewish curse to wish someone to live in interesting times. But then a Jewish friend of mine told me she thought it was an ancient Chinese curse. So now I'm not so sure. Perhaps more erudite readers can enlighten me. But one way or another, our beloved city's return to the bosom of the great motherland has brought on some interesting times.

30 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

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Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions

1 Who reported to the police that Tsang Tsou-choi's graffiti in Kennedy Town had been vandalised?

a. Tsang Tsou-choi

b. Lau Kin-wai

c. Joel Chung Yin-chai

d. Oscar Ho Hing-kay

8 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Misguided protest needs to be stopped

Each man kills the thing he loves. And so, since last weekend, Joel Chung Yin-chai, an artist and long-time advocate of his late friend Tsang Tsou-choi's street calligraphy, has gone on a rampage. He has painted over, removed or defaced at least five of Tsang's last remaining graffiti as an act of protest - against the government for not doing more to preserve them.

5 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Fan of famous street graffiti spoils it in protest Fan of famous street graffiti spoils it in radical protest

More examples of the city's most famous street calligraphy have disappeared. One has been painted over and another removed. But this time it was not the government that did this to the graffiti of the late 'King of Kowloon'; it was one of his closest friends.

3 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Thursday Think Tank

1 Cold snap grips town as temperature drops below 10 degrees Celsius ... Damn you, Al Gore, where's that global warming you promised?

2 Labelling law kills over 2,000 food items ... Supermarkets say it's affecting their Darwinian natural selection: survival of the trans-fattest

19 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Work begins on saving King of Kowloon's art - but only one piece

Only one piece of street calligraphy by the late Tsang Tsou-choi will be preserved in a protective case by the end of this month.

But other remaining pieces of work by the 'King of Kowloon' will stay exposed until the government's heritage-conservation experts can think of a way to protect them.

15 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

As debate rages at home, work by the 'King of Kowloon' finds admirers abroad

The street calligraphy of the late 'King of Kowloon' Tsang Tsou-choi might mean little to the government, but international art organisations are keen to exhibit works overseas.

16 Apr 2009 - 12:00am