The Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence — which was closed for four years after being damaged during Typhoon Mangkhut in 2018 — will reopen on November 24. The revamped museum in Shau Kei Wan will feature a new permanent exhibition in the Redoubt section, which comprises 11 galleries that cover subjects such as the history of the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the stories of multi-ethnic soldiers who served in Hong Kong.

An aerial view of the damage done to the tensile fabric structure of the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence.
The damage to the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence during Typhoon Mangkhut in 2018 (© Wpcpey via Wiki Commons)

During Typhoon Mangkhut, the Hong Kong Observatory raised Hurricane Signal No. 10, which was only the third time this signal was raised since 1999. The tensile fabric structure that covers the open courtyard of the museum was damaged during the typhoon, and it was closed in mid-September 2018 for repair and renovation work.

The museum, previously the Lyemun Fort, is Hong Kong’s only military museum. Some of the new features include additional content about the Japanese invasion of China, the Japanese attack on Hong Kong, the Battle of Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong-Kowloon Independence Brigade of the East River Column.

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