Lei Yue Mun Park and Holiday Village
Lei Yue Mun Park and Holiday Village used to be Lyemun Barracks, barracks for the British Soldiers stationed in Hong Kong.
Old Lyemun Barracks
The Barracks housed the Depot and Record Office of the Hong Kong Military Service Corps between 1948 and 1985. The Barracks were handed over to the Government in 1985 and were subsequently converted into Lei Yue Mun Park and Holiday Village.
The whole former barracks compound is graded as Grade I historic building because of its historic significance. The buildings of the compound are graded as Grade I and II historic buildings separately, however.
It has transformed into a park/holiday village, with facilities such as rope courses, a horse-riding school (with a very steep hiking/hacking route up the nearby hillsides), tennis courts, basketball courts, football pitches, as well as many indoor games. The rooms that used to be for soldiers have been transformed into small living quarters for the holiday village.
The riding school has a large and a small paddock. it has about 30 stalls to accommodate about 30 horses and also a hacking route with spectacular views.
Horses and ponies currently in lymprs include:
- PR107 George
- PR147 Fortune
- PR158 Showtown
- PR160 Blitz
- PR166 Lolly
- D181 King Of Turbot
- G310 Californiamountain
- H11 A Mirror
- D185 Taiji Spirit
- C291 Great Delight
Japanese Occupation of Lyemun Barracks
At 18th December, 1941, at 3:00am, a troop of Japanese soldiers, in a car, broke through the fence, using bombs and killed the British Guards. The rest of the soldiers, around 100 British soldiers, were locked in a cannon loading room, until 9:30pm, the Japanese ordered the soldiers to get out, and shot all of the soldiers, two Chinese-British soldiers survived by hiding under the corpses, then escapes.
The whole compound was graded as Grade I historic buildings; the historic buildings were graded separately.
Following blocks of ex-Lyemun Barracks were converted to the facilities of the Holiday Village.
|Block 03||Built in 1939||Grade II||Formerly used as Barrack Room Office or Store.|
|Block 05||Built between 1920 and 1939||Grade II||Former Gymnasium of the Barracks; converted to Indoors Games Halls and Leisure Centers of the Holiday Village.|
|Block 07||Built in 1890||Grade I||Formerly used "HKMSC Training Complex" of the Barracks, converted to coffee corner of the Holiday Village.|
|Block 10||Built between 1890 and 1910||Grade I||Now used as Indoor Recreation Center of the Holiday Village.|
|Block 17||Built in the early 1900s||Grade II||Formerly used as "Junior Ranks Club".|
|Block 18||Built between 1890 and 1895||Grade I||Converted to Indoors Recreation Center of the Holiday Village.|
|Block 20||Built between 1890 and 1895||Grade I||Converted to Entertainment Center of the Holiday Village.|
|Block 21||Built between 1890 and 1895||Grade I||Formerly used as H.K.M.S.C. Headquarters. Converted to Office of the Holiday Village.|
|Block 25||Built between 1884 and 1890||Grade I||Formerly used as Officers' Mess of the Barracks, converted to be hostel of the Holiday Village.|
|Block 30||Built in 1936||Grade I||"Masefield Block". Now used as hostel of the Holiday Village.|
|Block 31||Built in 1907||Grade I||"Shakespeare Block". Now used as hostel of the Holiday Village.|
|Block 32||Built in 1909||Grade I||"Tennyson Block". Now used as hostel of the Holiday Village.|
|Block 33||Built in 1938||Grade II||"Milton Block". Now used as Staff Quarters of the Holiday Village.|
|Block 34||Built in 1936||Grade II||"Wordsworth Block". Now used as hostel of the Holiday Village.|
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