Church leaders released information and renderings Aug. 6 detailing the upcoming renovation to the Hong Kong China Temple.
The temple closed July 8 to undergo an extensive renovations of its mechanical, electrical, heating and plumbing systems, according to a Church press release. It is expected to remain closed until sometime in 2022 when the temple will be rededicated following a public open house.
President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the temple — which has served Latter-day Saints in Asia for 22 years — on May 26, 1996.
Along with replacement of the exterior stone, removal of the steeple, landscaping refreshment and room reconfigurations, one of the floors previously used as a meetinghouse will be incorporated into the temple experience. Protection against water and moisture will be enhanced as well as new windows, artwork and furniture.
“These improvements will add to the beauty of this magnificent temple,” said Mark Berry, senior project manager, in the Newsroom release. “Our architects have worked meticulously to draw up plans to preserve and strengthen this structure, and our local contractors will make those plans a reality over the next three years.”
Hong Kong Island China Stake President Wallace Lam said the temple is central to the Church in Hong Kong and the ability to access the temple within an hour from all parts of the city using public transportation has been impactful.
“Members have sought inspiration and revelation to cope with life’s challenges while celebrating the most joyous events in life,” Lam said. “Although the closure for renovation will bring temporary sadness to faithful patrons from across Asia, a significantly renovated temple in the future also brings tremendous excitement and hope, imagining the elegance and joy to be found inside the soon-to-be-unveiled House of the Lord.”