Thursday, August 13, 2009 | By: Rudi Butt

Underground Public Lavatories

1900s, 7 were built in Central, one remaining still in use

Seven underground public lavatories were built in Central between 1900 and 1914. Why underground? Too expensive to place them above ground, considering the land price in Central – even in the turn of the 20the century. ... Now, hear this: they were only for men; no flushing facilities; no ventilation; and lighting was by means of kerosene lamps.

All but one are closed: the only surviving underground public lavatory(nicknamed 狗孖撚) is located at the corner of Wellington Street and Queen Road Central. Try it out, the facilities has since been modernized.


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