A Hong Kong Buddhist nunnery is undergoing a HK$100 million facelift to restore the buildings to their original state and preserve them for decades to come.
Work on Tung Lin Kok Yuen will take up to 10 years because it includes preserving artifacts in the 80-year-old complex, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Thursday.
Among the priceless pieces is ancient calligraphy from the late Qing dynasty and works from the early Chinese republic.
The nunnery in Shan Kwong Road in Happy Valley district doubles as a school.
It was founded by Clara Cheung, wife of tycoon Robert Ho Tung, in 1935 and gazetted as a grade I historic building in 2009.
Renovation plans call for opening its library to the public for the first time and installing elevators to help visitors get around the buildings, according university professor Ho Puay-peng, a consultant on the project.
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This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on April 9.
Translation by Vey Wong
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