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Mongkok vs Mong Kok

One word or two? Well it doesn't really matter as neither is the original Chinese name and both are now widely accepted.  As examples you will find that the MTR station in the district is the Mong Kok MTR station in two words, while the football stadium is Mongkok in one word.

Either way it doesn't match the current name. The word "Mong" in the original name may have meant a type of basket used for fishing, for in historical times it was a fishing village, or it may have referred to a type of fern that was similarly common while it was a countryside village.

However today the name in Cantonese has migrated to a similar word more correctly anglicized "wong" which refers to being busy and hectic but in a positive and pleasant way.

A few buildings in the area also use an older English name which is Argyle, as in the Argyle centre and indeed the original name of the MTR station.

Food and Dining

Hong Kong people love their food and there are a massive range of choices of dining and snacking available in Mongkok. As one of the main shopping destinations in Hong Kong it is where people go to spend an afternoon or evening shopping and window shopping, and all that makes you hungry so restaurants, bars, street food and all are everywhere.

From the worlds cheapest Michelin starred restaurant, through big name brands, small quirky eateries and lots of lots of street food choices Mongkok has something to satisfy every taste and all budgets, as it is all very reasonably priced, particularly when compared with other parts of Hong Kong.


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