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The LDS Church first sent missionaries to Hong Kong in 1853. Almost 140 years later, in 1992, then-First Counselor in the First Presidency, Gordon B. Hinckley, announced plans to build a temple in the territory. Finding a site on which to build, however, proved difficult, especially given the high cost of real estate in the area. Finally, it was decided that the temple would be built on the site of the existing mission home and chapel.

Hong Kong China Temple
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Number 48 edit data
Dedicated 26 May 1996 (26 May 1996) by
Gordon B. Hinckley
Site 0.3 acres (0.1 hectares)
Floor area 21,744 sq ft (2,020 m2)
Height 135 ft (41 m)
Preceded by Bountiful Utah Temple
Followed by Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple
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Coordinates: 22°20′25″N 114°10′38″E / 22.34028°N 114.17722°E / 22.34028; 114.17722 The Hong Kong China Temple (Chinese: 中國香港聖殿), formerly the Hong Kong Temple, is the 48th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

Because of the land shortage in the territory, the temple had to be 'built up' instead of 'spreading out' to build. This scarcity of space contributed to the unique design of the Hong Kong Temple. The six-story building is designed to house not only the temple, but also a chapel, mission offices, and living quarters for the temple president and several missionaries.[1]

The dedication of the Hong Kong China Temple took place on May 26, 1996. The temple serves church members from parts of India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Mongolia, Guam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Cambodia, Micronesia, Majuro, and Indonesia. It has a total of 21,744 square feet (2,020.1 m2), two ordinance rooms, and two sealing rooms.[citation needed]

On January 29, 2019 the LDS Church announced that the temple will close on July 8, 2019 for renovations.[2]

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  1. ^ Hawkins, Chad. "The First 100 Temples," 2001, 132-133[full citation needed]
  2. ^ "Asia Temple Will Close for Renovation: Extensive renovation planned for the Hong Kong China Temple", Newsroom, LDS Church, January 29, 2019

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