29 Dec 2022

Temple Mall Presents “The Art of the Game: Behind Mah-jong Tiles

  • Showcase of rare tiles and paraphernalia across the ages in collab with “The Art of Mah-jong Craft Studio” to explore the secrets of mah-jong as intangible cultural heritage
  • Crank up your luck by circling the three-metre tall giant mah-jong installation


As part of its effort to perpetuate local culture, during this Lunar New Year, Temple Mall will take us on a wonderful journey into “The Art of the Game: Behind Mah-jong Tiles”. Jointly organised with “The Art of Mah-jong Craft” studio, the campaign narrates the origin and evolution of the acclaimed intangible cultural heritage of mah-jong tile-making. On display will be a precious collection of exhibits, including the rare century-old mah-jong tiles hand-carved out of ox bones; Japanese bamboo-backed tiles dating back to the 1970s; and hand-carved sets from Hong Kong whose production has already ceased, alongside rare catalogues and books offering a multifaceted look into the art of the game.

Besides the exhibition and Insta-worthy installations themed on mah-jong, there is also a set of “Temple Mall X The Art of Mah-jong Craft” Mah-jong tiles designed exclusively for the event by “The Art of Mah-jong Craft”. Taking cues from traditional Chinese festivities as well as landmarks in Wong Tai Sin, the suite pushes the aesthetic and craftsmanship envelope of mah-jong tiles with a modern palette to usher in the new year!                                                       

Evolution of mah-jong revealed in 20+ precious types

The charm of this ancient game will be decoded culturally and aesthetically in the quadripartite “Mah-jong Art” exhibition on 1/F Temple Mall North. The show comes courtesy of “The Art of Mah-jong Craft”, the studio founded by Ricky Cheung Sing-chung, one of Hong Kong’s last mah-jong craftsmen, and his daughter Karen Aruba, an illustrator. The studio strives to both showcase the sophisticated beauty of the mah-jong craft and ultimately promote it across the world. It will be a fascinating exploration into the creation of tiles through the ages and in different materials, such as paper, cow bones, bamboo, wood, brass and bakelite. It will shed light on the origin of mah-jong and how it gradually transformed from a card game into today’s formats, and from a suit of only nine numerals into a codified system of Dots, Strings, Characters and Honours, together with eight Flowers and Seasons tiles. Don’t miss out the history and fun facts of mah-jong!

Three-metre tall mah-jong installation

Wishing to gain the upper hand in mah-jong games? From 30 December 2022 to 5 February 2023, crank up your luck by circling the three-metre tall giant mah-jong installation at Temple Mall North. Those who want to spread the luck to their loved ones can do so with one-of-a-kind Fai Chun stickers created in the “Love in a Tile” WhatsApp sticker booth. There you can combine your own image with auspicious messages and frames of your own choices!

Terms and conditions apply. The programme is subject to change without prior notice.

Temple Mall “The Art of the Game: Behind Mah-jong Tiles” Event

Date: 30 December 2022 to 5 February 2023

Time: 11am to 8pm

Venue: Temple Mall North

For more details about the event, please visit Linkhk.com.

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