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Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 12:21

CE urges expediting Palace Museum project

By chinadailyasia.com

CE urges expediting Palace Museum project
In this January 15, 2015 file photo, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying speaks during a question-and-answer session at the LegCo complex. (Roy Liu / China Daily)

HONG KONG – Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on Tuesday said the proposed Hong Kong Palace Museum will enhance the West Kowloon Cultural District’s status in Hong Kong and internationally.

Covering an area of 10,000 square meters and a floor area of 30,500 square meters, the museum will house two exhibition galleries to display national treasures permanently

Construction of the museum, which will be funded by a donation of HK$3.5 billion from the Hong Kong Jockey Club, is expected to begin this year and is scheduled for completion in 2022.

Speaking prior to an Executive Council meeting Tuesday morning, CE Leung said the museum would be a popular attraction and be welcomed by the Hong Kong public.

Most cities in the world would gladly welcome such a museum, which will present cultural relics provided by the renowned Beijing Palace Museum , added the CE.

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Noting that the public has attached considerable importance to the cultural district, the HK chief executive said that the project should be expedited without being subjected to endless debate and tangling.

Covering an area of 10,000 square meters and a floor area of 30,500 square meters, the museum will house two exhibition galleries to display national treasures permanently.

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Calling the West Kowloon Cultural District as Hong Kong’s largest cultural facilities, Leung stressed the need to offer more diversified cultural activities to the Hong Kong public and the tourists.

The government plans to commence a six-week public consultation on the proposed museum.

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