Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Hong Kong Monetary Authority
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Neighbourhood: Central
When people think of Hong Kong, most imagine movies with famous skyscrapers dominating the skyline. The area widely known as Central is the major financial hub and entertainment district, which truly lives up to the saying, “work hard, play hard.” Bars stay open late into the night and there just happens to be a street party every weekend. Although everything seems to be operating at lightning speed, Central is full of quiet, hidden gems. Nestled between office towers are wet markets and some of the city’s oldest restaurants dating back to the 1960s. Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Retreat from the crowds by exploring beautifully restored historical buildings and even a green oasis of botanical gardens.
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  • Hong Kong • 2 min walk
  • Central • 6 min walk
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Rehman A
Colombo, Sri Lanka183 contributions
Oct 2019
The free public observation floor is on the 50th floor. It consists of a mini-museum, and almost 180° views of the city and bay. Definitely worth a visit, if you are tight on time. No photos allowed in the office/entrance areas, and you must wear a tag at all times (which should be returned when leaving).
Written 9 December 2019
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Rodney T
Benoni, South Africa13 contributions
Aug 2019
Take your identification document off to the IFC in Central.
Get an identification tag from security, and go up to the 55th floor to visit the HKG monetary authority.
Besides the splendid view from on high, this museum has been laid out in a sensible, and interesting way.
They have specimens of notes and money that has been issued from way back when up to the present. Why is there a lion on some of the bank notes, but not all??
There are also interesting exhibits that children can interact with, and young adults can try their hand at.
Allow about an hour, and you wont be disappointed.
Written 19 September 2019
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Andy W
Birmingham, UK140 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
We went for the view of Hong Kong from the 55th floor of IFC2. Actually our kids enjoyed the exhibition about the monetary system of Hong Kong more. There were lots of interactive exhibits and games that kept them entertained for more than half an hour.

You need to have your passports to get an ID pass and you might have to wait a short while as the number of passes at any time is limited. We only had to wait five minutes and it was well worthwhile.
Written 2 August 2019
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Steve_Grant1
Oldham, UK1,322 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
This is worth the effort of getting in. You will need ID to obtain a pass. Nice interactive displays re the currency and great views of Hong Kong. Don’t be put off re getting in. If in doubt just ask and you will be directed.
Written 6 February 2019
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answerer
Hong Kong, China71 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
Located on the 55th Floor of Two IFC, the HKMA Information Centre has educational exhibits on the Hong Kong currency and monetary system, interactive games, and impressive views of Central, the Peak and Western District.

It's fine for a 30 min visit if you're nearby (e.g. at Tim Ho Wan) or coming to/from the Star Ferry but not worth a dedicated trek.

As the Centre is located in an office building, getting in requires first registering with a Photo ID at the Ground Floor Reception of Two IFC.

Then a quick elevator trip to 55F takes you to the HKMA offices where the Information Centre is located.

The space isn't very large, but the exhibits are quite modern with interactive displays, games and trivia/quizzes. Content covers a brief history of banking and currency in Hong Kong, the HKMA's functions, and some unique things like the HK Dollar exchange rate and Exchange Fund. All exhibits are in Chinese and English but as they are somewhat text-heavy, it is probably better for secondary school-aged children.

A bonus is the great views of Central, Sheung Wan and the ships coming into Victoria Harbour - this is probably one of the highest publicly accessible locations in Central (or maybe even on Hong Kong Island).

They also have unique souvenirs made from shredded banknotes, but were sold out as of end Jan.
Written 30 January 2019
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Mazmannan
Basingstoke, UK9,201 contributions
Oct 2017 • Family
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) is located on the 55th floor of Two International Finance Centre.

You need to bring along a photo ID before you are allowed to enter. You will then get a visitor ID card for the duration of your visit. Fast lifts whisk you up to the 55th floor.

There are many useful facts and figures for your to understand how the monetary system works in Hong Kong. The exhibits are clearly presented and easy to understand. There is a time chart of the years when the monetary system started and how things evolved through the years.

The staff members were very friendly and they had good knowledge of the items on display. We asked them many questions. They were also interested in what we thought of the displays - as our feedback was important to them to continue improving the exhibits.

There are also interactive stations for your to test your knowledge. I found this very interesting and my daughter loved it.

You get a fantastic view of Victoria Harbour. I liked the mosaic picture of Hong Kong made of coins.

There is no entrance fee.

I think it is worth a visit to understand finances and how banks and financial systems work. You also get a great view of the surrounding buildings and the harbour.
Written 23 February 2018
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jonw_c_jun13
Singapore, Singapore102 contributions
Sep 2017 • Solo
A great place to visit to learn about money - both static and interactive displays are very educational. The booklet with colour pictures of all the notes and coins that are currently legal tender served as a good free souvenir. They had interesting coin items for sale that were reasonably priced - less than 100 hKD, but unfortunately all items were sold out on the day that I visited. The staff were enthusiastic in sharing their knowledge and eagerly sought feedback on how to further improve the attraction. In between looking at the exhibits, it was fun to enjoy the views of the city and the harbour. The ride in the lift to the 55th floor was super quick. Prepare to have your ID with photo to gain entry at IFC2.
Written 18 September 2017
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Solomon L
Hong Kong, China241 contributions
Jul 2017 • Friends
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority offers a spectacular view over Victoria Harbour. The exhibits were also very interesting in detailing the history of Hong Kong's currency. Our tour guide was very fluent in English, and enthusiastic about the topic. The long timeline, wall of banknotes overtime and the counterfeit note identification exhibits were my personal favourites. Booking can be troublesome, and valid id is needed, but otherwise a friendly and fun trip.
Written 10 August 2017
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mosto
Hong Kong, China2,832 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
This attraction is very easily accessible and it's free. And its great to be able to visit the Monetary Authority in a city known for its financial standing. All you have to show is an identification with your photo in it. Approach the concierge at IFC for directions. You will find a lot of helpful people pointing you to the right direction. After registration, a guard will direct you to the lifts which go directly to 55/floor. There you enter into the exhibition area. When we were there, there was a guide already in the process of presenting the history and development of currency in HK. It's was pretty interesting. The exhibits are also interesting- not to mention the beautiful views! There's a mosaic picture made of HK coins that is very good too. All in all, an impressive & well-planned attraction.
Written 20 July 2017
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wshapr
Melaka, Malaysia217 contributions
Mar 2017 • Friends
Initially, the purpose of my friend brought me there is to view Hong Kong scenes. After providing our passports as visitors at ground floor, we went straight to 55th floor. My 1st impression of this kind of tour would be boring for understanding history of Hong Kong money. However, with some interactive introduction and games, it is really fun and it makes me understand how poor my knowledge on this area. The whole exhibition hall has Chinese and English language that makes it easier for foreigners like us. Further to that, the staff are very polite.
It really surprise me and would definitely introduce this place to my friends.
Written 28 March 2017
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