Hong Kong China Temple

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Hong Kong China Temple
Hong Kong China Temple.jpg
Number 48 edit data
Dedication 26 May 1996 (26 May 1996) by
Gordon B. Hinckley
Site 0.3 acres (0.1 hectares)
Floor area 21,744 sq ft (2,020 m2)
Height 135 ft (41 m)
Preceded by Bountiful Utah Temple
Followed by Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple
Official websiteNews & images

Coordinates: 22°20′25.62000″N 114°10′38.40959″E / 22.3404500000°N 114.1773359972°E / 22.3404500000; 114.1773359972

The Hong Kong China Temple (Chinese: 中国香港圣殿), formerly the Hong Kong Temple, is the 48th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

The LDS Church first sent missionaries to Hong Kong in 1853. Almost 140 years later, in 1992, then-First Counselor in the First Presidency, Gordon B. Hinckley, announced plans to build a temple in the territory. Finding a site on which to build, however, proved difficult, especially given the high cost of real estate in the area. Finally, it was decided that the temple would be built on the site of the existing mission home and chapel.

Because of the land shortage in the territory, the temple had to be 'built up' instead of 'spreading out' to build. This scarcity of space contributed to the unique design of the Hong Kong Temple. The six-story building is designed to house not only the temple, but also a chapel, mission offices, and living quarters for the temple president and several missionaries.[1] This is known as the Hong Kong Temple Plan and has since been repeated with the Manhattan New York Temple[citation needed].

The dedication of the Hong Kong China Temple took place on May 26, 1996. The temple serves church members from parts of India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Mongolia, Guam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Cambodia, Micronesia, Majuro, and Indonesia. It has a total of 21,744 square feet (2,020.1 m2), two ordinance rooms, and two sealing rooms.

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  1. ^ Hawkins, Chad. "The First 100 Temples," 2001, 132-133[full citation needed]

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