Ohel Leah Synagogue 70 Robinson Rd., Mid-Levels Built in 1901 and extensively restored in 1998, the Ohel Leah Synagogue has been the center of Jewish life in Hong Kong for over 100 years. Built in the Colonial Sephardic architectural style, the whitewashed building features several turrets and has two levels that originally separated men and women during religious services. It’s a Grade-I historical building. Wing Kwong Pentecostal Holiness Church 22 Heng Lam St., Lok Fu Built in 2000, the Wing Kwong Pentecostal Holiness Church was designed in a modern style and is home to one of Hong Kong’s largest religious congregations. Highlights include the stained glass skylight of the Podium Chapel as well as the auditorium’s tile wall, which at eight meters high is the tallest in Hong Kong and fills the worship space with light. Designed by celebrated local designer Tao Ho, it won the HKIA Annual Awards Certificate of Merit in 2000. Jamia Masjid 3 0 Shelley St., Central Built in 1915, this mosque is a Grade-I historical building that can be reached by hopping on the Mid-Levels escalator. The Mosque is built in a traditional Islamic style, with ornately decorated columns and a cylindrical dome. Chi Lin Nunnery 5 Chi Lin Drive, Diamond Hill Completed in 1998 after an extensive and expensive redevelopment, the Chi Lin Nunnery was built in the Tang dynasty monastic architectural style and features 16 Buddhist halls, a Zen-style rock garden, and several serene lotus pools. No nails were used in the Nunnery’s construction; builders used a system of wooden doweling and brackets instead and as such is the The biggest single wooden structure in the world in Tang style. The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery Sha Tin This vast complex consists of five temples, four pavilions, a veranda and a nine-storey pagoda (fun fact: the pagoda used to be featured on older $100 notes). It’s also home to over 12,800 Buddha statues, each with their own unique postures. The main temple and the pagoda are classified as Grade-III historical buildings. Rather gruesomely, the body of the Monastery’s founder Revered Yuet Kai has been preserved and now lies in the main temple for worship. Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception 16 Caine Rd., Mid-Levels The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is listed as a Grade-I historical building. One of two cathedrals in Hong Kong, it was renovated in 2002 and received an honorable mention by the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. This tranquil cathedral is an excellent example of the Gothic revival style, using bricks and stone in a Greek cruciform shape and featuring large celestial windows. Lin Fa Kung Temple Kin Fa Kung St. West, Tai Hang Built in 1864, the Lin Fa Kung Temple is dedicated to Kwun Yam, the Goddess of Mercy, who is believed to rescue creatures from suffering. The rear part of the temple was built upon a large stone where the Goddess was believed to have appeared. The ceiling and internal walls feature murals of flying dragons, phoenixes and lotus patterns.