An ancestral hall and a Tin Hau temple in the New Territories are to be declared historic monuments and given a facelift next year. The multimillion-dollar project will see Leung's Ancestral Hall and Tin Hau Kung restored to their original Qing dynasty glory. The Antiquities and Monument Office said both structures were in good condition, but a facelift would help restore their historic merits and improve tourism. Chau Hing-wah, the office's curator (archaeology), said a team of experts from Guangdong would be invited to the SAR to study the structures before the one-year restoration work began in the middle of next year. He said the office was planning to declare both buildings historic monuments. The hall and the temple had significant historic merit as there were only a few of their kind left in Hong Kong dating back to the Qing dynasty, he said. 'They are not the oldest in Hong Kong but then we don't have many left. So it's very important to preserve them,' he said. Leung's ancestral hall in Pat Heung village, is believed to have been built by a group of clansmen about 200 years ago for communal gatherings. It is now used for traditional ceremonies such as ancestral worship. Villager Leung Ngau, 49, said: 'We are very happy about the plan. The hall means a lot to us. Half a century ago, residents used to learn kung fu there and it was the elderly's favourite spot to meet up.' Tin Hau Kung, a temple on the Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail in Fanling, is believed to date back more than 300 years and was built to worship the sea goddess Tin Hau. It features two bronze bells on the floor of the left chamber, cast in the 17th century as gifts from a neighbouring clan. Today, the building was mostly visited by local villagers for religious purposes and tourists, Mr Chau said.