華人落葉歸根的觀念濃厚， 不少客死異鄉的海外華人 ，亦只能期望能夠衣錦還鄉。而東華三院管理的東華義莊正正就為這些離世的海外僑胞等待運返故鄉安葬期間，又或本地人尋找到合適位置安葬亡者之前，提供一個靈柩寄放之所。
Sandy Bay: TWGHs Coffin Home and the Journey of Homecoming for the Deceased Chinese in Overseas
Traditional Chinese thinking was embedded with the ideology of “homecoming”. For the deceased Chinese workers overseas, the TWGHs Coffin Home had been providing assistance for arranging logistical and transportation arrangements for the body, and providing interim storage space for bodies while settling suitable final arrangements.
In the 19th century, many from Guangdong migrated to the United States for job opportunities, with hopes to provide better for their families, and the pursuit of the “American Dream”. Given the dangerous nature of the jobs provided to Asians at the time, many abroad were killed unfortunately. With assistance offered by clansmen association and organization created by overseas Chinese, the coffins of the deceased Chinese were transported to the TWGHs Coffin Home in Hong Kong for interim storage, prior to the bodies to be transported back to their native hometown.
With the unique incorporation of colonial, Chinese and rural architectural features, the TWGHs Coffin Home complex has been graded as Grade I historic buildings in Hong Kong. A multitude of awards were given by organizations from Hong Kong and UNESCO, in recognition of the brilliant preservation work conducted by TWGHs. You can visit the complex by taking a detour from the Hong Kong Coastal Trail at Sandy Bay. Walk towards the West Island School along the Sandy Bay Road, and explore more about the history and the unique architectural extravaganza in the “Coffin Home” .
You can visit here for more information about the TWGHs Coffin Home. (Only available in Chinese)