Date
27 May 2017
Visitors throw coins to win a pack of gums in one of the games at Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park. Also known as Lai Yuen, the park will be reopened in Central.  Photos: HKEJ, Internet
Visitors throw coins to win a pack of gums in one of the games at Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park. Also known as Lai Yuen, the park will be reopened in Central. Photos: HKEJ, Internet

Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park to reopen in Central

The Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park, once the largest family entertainment venue in Hong Kong, will be rebuilt in the promenade in Central, 18 years after its closure.

The Chiu family, which bought the park in 1961, plans to revive the park at a site near the Hong Kong Observation Wheel in Central under a lease agreement, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported on Tuesday. 

Far East Consortium International Ltd. (00035.HK), the conglomerate backed by the Chiu family, has denied any connection with the plan.

The park, once situated on the west shore of Lai Chi Kok Bay in Lai Chi Kok, was a favorite haunt of Hong Kong families during weekends and holidays, but started losing business when the Ocean Park opened in 1977. 

It closed in 1997 after the government decided to build a public housing project on the site.

Actress Jaclyn Chu, who is closely associated with Asia Television Ltd., the free-TV station founded by the late Deacon Chiu Te-ken, said the amusement park, also known as Lai Yuen, will reopen in June and run through to October.

There will be no entrance fee to the park, which will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. everyday during the period.

Visitors will have to use tokens to avail themselves of the rides, games and snacks inside the compound.

The Chiu family had earlier applied for trademark registration of the park’s signage and tiger mascot.

Translation by Vey Wong

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