Photostory: The hidden wood carving masters in the city

Walking past the shop Kwok Kee in Yau Ma Tei, you can spot the golden Buddha statue, the spiritual tablet of the Lord of Soil, and the colorful figures of the characters from the folk tale”Journey to the West”…┬áThese items sound unrelated to each other, while they are all made of wood and carved by the Kwok Family.

The fifth generation brothers of Kwok Family are running the shop. Mastering the wood carving techniques, they show unique craftsmanship, determination, and talent. It may take more than a week to make a small lion statue. The wood carving technique is recognized as an intangible cultural heritage in Hong Kong. Although the industry is declining, the family manages to pass on the art of handicraft.

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