Spearheading Christian education in the colony
Hong Kong's oldest seminary
This grand neoclassical building is the Bethel Bible Seminary. It is one of the oldest and most popular institutions for Biblical/Theological Studies in town, with around 1,000 young men studying for a Bachelor of Theology. A legacy of the city's early European and American missionaries, who started their work in China as far back as the early 19th century and were the ones to introduce Christian education to Hong Kong.
The next-door Bethel Christian Church was founded by Mary Stone, one of the first Chinese women to study in the USA. Mary was born into a prominent Christian family in eastern China; her father was one of the Methodist Episcopal Church's first Pastors, and her mother was a preacher.
Among the Chinese elite, quality education was—and still is— often synonymous with Christian schooling. Kowloon is home to some of the territory's most prestigious schools. Munsang College, opposite the Bethel Bible Seminary, is one of them.
What’s in a name?
Munsang college was named after its founders, Mr Au Chak Mun and Mr Mok Kon Sang. They were the directors of the Kai Tak investment company that operated the old Kai Tak airport.