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A kwoon (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: guǎn; Jyutping: gun2) is a training hall for Chinese martial arts.

According to A Chinese-English Dictionary (Revised Edition) 1978, from Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (PRC), the word guǎn can also mean

1) Accommodation for guests;
2) Embassy, legation or consulate;
3) (Of service trades) shop;
4) A place for cultural activities;
5) (Archaic) An old-style private school[1]

The website MDBG English to Chinese Dictionary also defines the word guǎn as meaning building, shop, service establishment, embassy or consulate, and also includes school as an old meaning for the word.[2]

In Cantonese, the term kwoon is used when referring to:

  • Police Stations - Chaai Kwoon (差館)
  • Mahjong Houses - Ma Jeuk Kwoon (麻雀館)
  • Kung Fu Studios - Gung Fu Kwoon (功夫館)
  • Guild Halls - Wui Kwoon (會館)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ People's Republic of China. A Chinese-English Dictionary (Revised Edition) 1978. Hong Kong: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, 1978.
  2. ^ MDBG English to Chinese Dictionary: guǎn: