Admiralty Station (MTR)

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MTR rapid transit station
Admiralty Station 2014 04 part1.JPG
Platform 2
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Hanyu Pinyin Jīnzhōng
Cantonese Yale Gāmjūng
Literal meaning Golden Bell
General information
Location Drake Street × Tamar Street, Admiralty
Central and Western District, Hong Kong
Coordinates 22°16′44″N 114°09′53″E / 22.2788°N 114.1646°E / 22.2788; 114.1646Coordinates: 22°16′44″N 114°09′53″E / 22.2788°N 114.1646°E / 22.2788; 114.1646
Owned by MTR Corporation
Operated by MTR Corporation
Platforms 6 (island platforms)
Connections Bus, public light bus, tram
Structure type Underground
Platform levels 3
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code ADM
  • 12 February 1980 (1980-02-12) (Kwun Tong Line)
  • 31 May 1985 (1985-05-31) (Island Line)
  • 28 December 2016[1] (South Island Line)
Preceding station   MTR logo.svg MTR   Following station
Tsuen Wan Line
towards Tsuen Wan
towards Kennedy Town
Island Line
towards Chai Wan
Terminus South Island Line
  Future services  
Terminus North South Corridor
towards Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau
Hong Kong MTR system map
Hong Kong MTR system map
Location within the MTR system

Admiralty (Chinese: 金鐘; Cantonese Yale: Gāmjūng) is an MTR station located on Hong Kong Island, in an area often referred to as Admiralty. The station's livery is blue, white and yellow. The station connects the Tsuen Wan Line with the Island Line in cross-platform interchange type. Before the opening of the Tsuen Wan branch line in 1982, it was part of the Kwun Tong Line.

The station is named after HMS Tamar (a place of land now known as the Tamar site), once the headquarters of the Royal Navy in Hong Kong – this, even though HMS Tamar had never actually been called the Admiralty. It was built on the former site of the Hong Kong naval dockyards, which was built in 1878 and demolished in the 1970s.

In 2011 to 2016, the station underwent major expansion to accommodate two new sets of platforms for a new station underneath it. The new Admiralty station serves two more MTR lines, the South Island Line and the North South Corridor (part of the Sha Tin to Central Link).


Development and construction[edit]

Track layout
          Upper platforms
to Wan Chai
to Tsim Sha Tsui
to Central
     Lower platforms
to Ocean Park

The Government had given the MTR Corporation first refusal on the 60,000-square-foot (5,600 m2) site, which was subsequently sold to it in 1976 for around HK$200 million for cash and equity consideration.[2]

The Admiralty Centre, United Centre and Queensway Plaza formed part of development, and sit directly above the station.

On 12 February 1980, the segment of the first MTR line between Central and Tsim Sha Tsui was opened. At the time, Admiralty Station and Central Station were the only two MTR stations on Hong Kong Island.[3] The platforms began serving the Tsuen Wan Line on 10 May 1982.

Admiralty was always expected to be a transfer station to the Island Line. On 31 May 1985, the first phase of the Island Line (between Admiralty and Chai Wan) was opened, with Admiralty the temporary western terminus of the Island Line. To facilitate cross-platform interchange, the Tsuen Wan- and Chai Wan-bound platforms were located on a very wide island platform on the lower level, while the Central-bound and termination platforms shared another very wide island platform on the upper level. When the second part of the Island Line (Admiralty to Sheung Wan) opened in 1986, the termination platform became the Sheung Wan-bound platform, while the other platforms remained unchanged.[4]

2004 arson attack[edit]

The platforms are wide enough for a very large number of passengers to change trains at the same time
Platform livery

At 9:14 a.m. on 5 January 2004, 14 passengers suffered minor injuries when a delusional 55-year-old man ignited two gas cylinders full of paint thinner in the first compartment of a Central-bound train from Tsim Sha Tsui.[5] The driver decided to complete the journey and passengers were evacuated from the train in Admiralty.[6]

Station expansion and new lines[edit]

Admiralty Station was expanded to serve two additional lines: the South Island Line on level L6 level and the North South Corridor of the Sha Tin to Central Link project on level L5.[7]

The South Island Line platforms opened on 28 December 2016[1] after a public open day on 24 December 2016,[8] giving residents in the Southern District much quicker access to Hong Kong Island's central business district. The opening date was delayed from 2015 due to technical problems in the deep tunnels for the new platforms. The North South Corridor, expected to open in 2021, will allow commuters from the northeast New Territories to interchange directly from the East Rail Line.[7][9]

A new underground interchange concourse with natural light was built to the east of the current concourse, taking up one level, allowing passengers to transfer to the new lines. The atrium was also expanded. The station expansion, located under Harcourt Garden, incorporated 34 escalators and five lifts to integrate with the existing station.[7] The Sha Tin to Central Link will be one level under the interchange concourse, with the South Island Line being directly below it.[7][9] Exits E1 and E2 are being rebuilt as one exit to accommodate the glass roof of the interchange concourse. This new exit E will not open until the Sha Tin to Central Link platforms open.[7] While the Sha Tin to Central Link tracks will have sidings for terminating trains south of the station, the South Island Line tracks end at bumper blocks north of the station with no overrun track.[9]

The narrowest part of the existing platforms on L3 level was widened to make better use of the first and second car of the Tsuen Wan Line train, as well as last two cars of Island Line trains. Tsuen Wan Line passengers in the Tsuen Wan direction now have easier access to these cars.[10] As for station facilities, the expansion brings along toilets at paid area, a lift between concourse, ground level and concourse, and art works in station.

Art Work "Sense of Green" located between Level L5 and L6

The new station has two artworks.[7] The first is Sense of Green by Tony Ip, which is a new, bamboo-covered landscaped deck over Harcourt Garden.[7] The second, Urban Soundscape by Otto Li, is located along either side of the escalator shaft between the new and current stations. It depicts passengers' journeys through Admiralty.[7]


As the primary interchange station for most Tsuen Wan Line and the Island Line riders, Admiralty is heavily congested during rush hours. Currently, Admiralty and North Point are the only cross-platform interchange stations between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island lines in the entire MTR system. Despite trains departing at capacity (every 2.1 minutes), commuters frequently have to board the second or even the third train when interchanging. The situation has deteriorated following fare cuts due to the MTR–KCR merger.[11]

Station layout[edit]

U1 Footbridge
G Ground level Exits, Public Transport Interchange
L1 Concourse Customer Service, MTRShops, Hang Seng Bank
Vending machines, automatic teller machines
MTR Travel
Student Travel Scheme Office, MTR Lost Property Office
Platform 4      Tsuen Wan Line towards Central (Terminus)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Platform 3      Island Line towards Chai Wan (Wan Chai)
Platform 1      Tsuen Wan Line towards Tsuen Wan (Tsim Sha Tsui)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 2      Island Line towards Kennedy Town (Central)
L4 - Transfer lobby between uppermost and lowermost platforms
Platform 7      North South Corridor (under construction) towards Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau (Exhibition)
Island platform, doors will open on the right (under construction)
Platform 8      North South Corridor (under construction) termination platform
Platform 6      South Island Line towards South Horizons (Ocean Park)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right
Platform 5      South Island Line towards South Horizons (Ocean Park)

Admiralty Station has a total of six underground floors; the uppermost (L1) floor has the fare control, lobby, shops, Customer Service Centre and other major facilities.[12]

On floor L2, passengers can access Platforms 4 (Tsuen Wan Line to Central) and 3 (Island Line to Chai Wan). One floor down, on level L3, are Platforms 2 (Island Line to Kennedy Town) and 1 (Tsuen Wan Line to Tsuen Wan).[12]

There are very wide passageways between the two platforms on each of floors L2 and L3; they are also curved platforms with trains going in opposite directions. The platforms are in the shape of a trapezium.[12] Because all the platforms are curved and a major interchange station, there are large stickers in front of the platform screen doors with "Mind the gap" text, which can only be found in this station.[citation needed] Passengers travelling from Eastern District and Wan Chai District can walk across to platform 1 to board the Tsuen Wan Line trains bound for West Kowloon, Kwai Chung and Tsuen Wan. Passengers travelling from West Kowloon, Kwai Chung and Tsuen Wan can walk across and board the Island line trains bound for Chai Wan from platform 3.[12]

Entrances and exits[edit]

Admiralty is part of the Central Business District of Hong Kong Island. There are many office buildings around the station. A major shopping mall, Pacific Place, is accessed through a pedestrian walkway from Exit F.[13]

  • A: Admiralty Centre Wheelchair user access
  • B: Drake Street, Lippo Centre
  • C1: Queensway Plaza
  • C2: Taxi stand
  • D: United Centre Wheelchair user access
  • E: Rodney Street Wheelchair user access (Temporarily closed for construction on the Shatin to Central Link. [12] )
  • F: Pacific Place

Transport connections[edit]

Admiralty (West) Public Transport Interchange above Admiralty Station

There is a bus terminus stretching across the length of Admiralty that can be reached from exits B, C2 and D. These buses connect to many different parts of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories.

Bus routes[edit]

  • Bus
    • KMB, serving only cross-harbour routes on Hong Kong Island
    • First Bus
    • Citybus
    • Bus terminuses within walking distance of the station:
      • Admiralty (West) – Exit B
      • Admiralty (Tamar Street) – Exit B
      • Admiralty (Drake St) – Exit C2
      • Admiralty (East) – Exit D
      • Admiralty (Rodney St) – between Exit D


  1. ^ a b "MTR's South Island Line to open on December 28". RTHK. 5 December 2016. 
  2. ^ Malcolm Surry, Metro's role in the property game, South China Morning Post, 16 July 1976
  3. ^ 地下鐵路首日通車紀念特刊 (in Chinese). Hong Kong: MTR Corporation. 1979 – via Google Books. 
  4. ^ 地下鐵路港島綫首日通車紀念特刊 (in Chinese). Hong Kong: MTR Corporation. 1985 – via Google Books. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ Prosecution against arsonist on MTR train 2006 no.50High Court (Hong Kong) (Traditional Chinese)
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h "MTR – South Island Line > Station Information > Admiralty Station". Retrieved 2016-11-02. 
  8. ^ "Christmas Eve Open Day at South Island Line Stations Ahead of Passenger Service Commencement on 28 December" (PDF). MTR. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  9. ^ a b c "MTR – Shatin to Central Link – Project Details – Alignment". Retrieved 2016-11-02. 
  10. ^ MTR Service Update (5 July 2016). "金鐘站新建部分" (in Traditional Chinese). MTR Service Update. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  11. ^ Passengers feel the crush after fare reductions, Anita Lam, 10 Mar 2008, SCMP [1]
  12. ^ a b c d e "Admiralty Station layout" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "Admiralty Station street map" (PDF). MTR Corporation. Retrieved 30 July 2014.