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  Tsang Tsou-choi - "King of Kowloon"

Kowloon Star Ferry Pier

Pedestrians stream past the graffitti of the "King of Kowloon".
Hong Kong | 2007

Hong Kong's "King" Graffitti Artist Dies

HONG KONG (AFP) 26 Jul 2007 - For more than 50 years Tsang Tsou-choi's script could be found throughout Hong Kong, claiming his family had a royal background and declaring himself king of Kowloon.

Tsang claimed much of the land in Kowloon belonged to his family but the government had annexed it without compensation, according to the South China Morning Post (SCMP) on Thursday.

The report said when he failed to get official recognition of his claims, he published them on the walls of Hong Kong.

Most of his graffiti were washed off or painted over by authorities.

But the SCMP report said there were calls for Tsang's work, some of which remains on walls in Kowloon, to be preserved.

His work typically consisted of a list of his ancestors. Also included were places that his forebears owned. The lists often ended with "Emperor of The Kingdom of New China, Canton and Kowloon Tsang Tsou-choi," the SCMP said.

A knee problem finally stopped him painting in 2003.

He became famous around the globe after some of his works were displayed at the Venice Biennale international art exhibition in 2003. In 2004 one of his pieces sold at a Sotheby's auction for 55,000 Hong Kong dollars (7,000 US).

Tsang's work has inspired fashion designers and interior decorators. Louis Vuitton also featured him in a handbag advertisement.

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Remember the King

Newly-wed Esther and Henry from Australia wish to keep their memory of the "King of Kowloon".
Hong Kong | 2007

Found It

A Japanese tourist shares with friends his joy in locating Tsang's grafitti.
Hong Kong | 2007

Largest Graffitti Panel

Yellow Door Kitchen in Central is home to the largest piece of work by Tsang Tsou-choi.
Hong Kong | 2004

Flowers for the King

Dedication to Tsang Tsou-choi for his contributions to Hong Kong's history.
Hong Kong | 2007

Last Respect

PH pays his last respects at the funeral of Tsang Tsou-choi.
Hong Kong | 6 August 2007

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