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Song Wong Toi in Kowloon City was once a prominent historical landmark in Hong Kong. The boulder inscribed with the three Chinese characters Sung Wong Toi (literally meaning “Terrace of the Song Emperors”) was recorded in local historical literature of the mid-Qing dynasty. Following the development of Kowloon City and To Kwa Wan, in particular the various airport expansion projects, the Sacred Hill upon which the Sung Wong Toi inscribed boulder was situated was levelled and became part of the north apron of Kai Tak Airport.
To facilitate the construction of Sung Wong Toi Station, the MTR Corporation Limited commissioned professional archaeologists to conduct a series of archaeological investigations in the environs of Sacred Hill between 2012 and 2015. A huge number of archaeological finds dating to the Song-Yuan period and the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth century were unearthed during the archaeological works. In order to enhance the public’s understanding of the archaeological findings, two large display cabinets are provided in the station to showcase the archaeological relics. The archaeological display features Song-Yuan ceramics unearthed during the archaeological works and discusses the conditions in Hong Kong during the Song-Yuan period, in particular the history and lives of people dwelling in the environs of Sung Wong Toi Station.
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