Stanley Market and Murray House rank high on the tourist trail with the former selling arts and crafts including paintings, furniture, curios and plenty of souvenirs. The market is made up of winding lanes stocking a mind-boggling assortment of gifts, clothes, ‘antiques’, watches and bric-a-bracs, making it a perfect place for tourists to explore before departing Hong Kong. There is also a smattering of restaurants woven into the market offering authentic Hong Kong delicacies plus a range of waterfront bars and restaurants close by on Stanley Main Street.
Also located on the waterfront is historic Murray House a restored colonial building dating back more than 160 years. It is now home to the Hong Kong Maritime Museum and a few eateries having been moved to this are in 1982 when it was dismantled from its original residence in Central and re-built in Stanley. Stanley Market and Murray House are situated in the town of Stanley on the South Eastern peninsula next to Chung Hom Kong and Repulse Bay.
Stanley is a momentous town in Hong Kong’s history as the place where British and Canadian troops made their last stand in 1941 prior to surrendering to Japanese troops in the Battle of Hong Kong.
Iconic Murray House is an interesting historical site featuring restaurants and a Maritime Museum within its walls. The Murray House landmark originally stood in the Central business district built in 1846 to provide officers’ quarters as part of the Murray Barracks becoming one of Britain’s major military buildings in Hong Kong. The building was dismantled and relocated to its present day position on the Stanley waterfront with restoration completed in 1998.
Close to the three storeys colonial structure is Blake Pier which was also previously located in Central before being moved in 1965, the Pier is in keeping with the façade of Murray House. Today Murray House forms part of the Stanley Plaza shopping complex with the Maritime Museum located on the ground floor and restaurants on the first and second floor offering superb views. Murray House remains one of Hong Kong’s must-visit heritage sites located within an area of extreme historic importance.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00-18:00 with the Maritime Museum closed on Monday
- How to get there: Travel via bus numbers 6, 6X, 66, 260 from Exchange Square Central or minibus 40, 16M or 52. You can also walk from the main Stanley Bus Station via Stanley New Street to Stanley Main Street or go by MTR to Causeway Bay Station Exit B, then walk to Tang Luang Street which is near Times Square and join minibus 40
Best explored in the cooler morning hours, Stanley Market is packed to the rafters with inexpensive treasures. Items loosely labelled as ‘antiques’, albeit not in the western sense, include Chinese bamboo bird cages and carved Chinese ornaments. There is also plenty of Chinese silk and linen on display crafted into cloth bags, table clothes and clothes. Gadget fans will love the cut-price watches, torches and other electronic wizardry at very low prices. You’ll notice a fair few locals around the market; they are mostly visiting to dine at one of the restaurants or stalls dotted throughout where genuine local fare is served.
There are many dining options available in Stanley Village, including seaside dining. Head out of the market towards the beach to eat in a cooler location where you can also check out other nearby attractions in this former fishing village. Sights include an amphitheatre, one of Hong Kong’s oldest temples Tin Hau built in 1767 and Oat Jan Uk a row of historic war homes.
- Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 - 18:00
- Location: In Stanley New Street by the Stanley Food Market
- How to get there: Taxi or bus numbers 6, 6A or 260 from the Exchange Square terminal. Going by MTR depart at Chai Wan station via Exit C then catch green minibus 16M to the market.