Unlike other commercial areas in Hong Kong, San Po Kong is an underappreciated industrial and residential neighbourhood located in east Kowloon. Once a new village replacing the old Po Kong Village destroyed during World War II, San Po Kong was developed as a post-war residential scheme with predominantly public housing blocks. Later, it is known for its industrial development, with a focus on manufacturing industries such as garment factories, textile mills, dyeing plants. The famous "Red A" brand, which is known for its red plastic buckets, cups, and stools, was also located here. The historic event, the 1967 riots, were sparked by a labour dispute in a factory producing artificial flowers. It was also home to the former Kai Tak International Airport, until it was shifted south to Kowloon Bay in 1958.
Despite its industrial roots, San Po Kong has now transformed into a diverse commercial district, attracting trendy eateries, creative studios, and different ventures to establish their presence here, for instance, The Factory is a studio that aims to preserve the precious font of Hong Kong’s neon light signage, they host regular workshop for the public to raise awareness. The upstairs bookshop, Bleak House Books, and Theatre Ronin, the independent theatre, are among the cultural organizations that have repurposed the empty factory blocks into vibrant workspaces and taken advantage of the spacious workspace and affordable rentals.
While there is no dedicated MTR station in San Po Kong, the area is well-served by nearby Wong Tai Sin, Diamond Hill, and Kai Tak MTR stations, which are part of the Tuen Ma Line and Kwun Tong Line. Apart from that, other public transports such as buses, minibuses, and taxis run throughout the area, ensuring convenient transportation options for commuters.
With regard to amenities, the area is home to plenty of local, independent restaurants, cafés, and shops tucked away within the industrial buildings. While San Po Kong does not have hotels or accommodation options, nearby districts such as To Kwa Wan and Kowloon City provide convenient choices for visitors. Mikiki, the largest shopping mall in the area, offers stylish shops, fashion labels, and mid-range restaurants. The nearby Chi Lin Nunnery is also a popular tourist spot that many locals and tourists visit for its traditional Chinese Tang-era architecture, beautiful bonsai trees and Nan Lian Garden's picturesque landscape.
When it comes to office spaces, industrial buildings still dominate the area in San Po Kong, with many having been repurposed for modern businesses. For example, One and Two Portside now offer contemporary office spaces for modern businesses. The growing popularity of coworking spaces and serviced offices within the industrial buildings, including Chung Hing Industrial Mansions and Standard Industrial Building, provides flexible workspaces for startups, freelancers, and small- to medium-sized enterprises.
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