Mong Kok (also spelled Mongkok, often abbreviated as MK) is an area in the Yau Tsim Mong District, on the western part of Kowloon Peninsula in Hong Kong. The Prince Edward area occupies the northern part of Mong Kok.
Mong Kok is one of the major shopping areas in Hong Kong. The area is characterized by a mixture of old and new multi-story buildings, with shops and restaurants at street level, and commercial or residential units above. Major industries in Mong Kok are retail, restaurants (including fast food) and entertainment. It has been described and portrayed in films as an area in which triads run bars, nightclubs, and massage parlors.
The area reminds me of central London, areas like Tottenham Court road or Soho, very busy, and a lot of activity day and night.
As with any crowded areas in any country, beware of pickpockets and shady people. There are extensive market areas like Ladies Market and it can get so congested it becomes a standstill. Just be wary of things in your back pockets or bags that could be easily opened without your knowledge.
If you want to buy camera equipment, HERE IS THE PLACE TO COME! It’s actually cheaper to fly to Hong Kong from Korea and buy camera equipment than to buy it in Korea. Mong Kok has a bunch of used camera markets selling old and new equipment at a near unbeatable price. They also give a great price on trade-ins or on your equipment when you want to sell it. One place we recommend is Sim City.
How to get there
You can access Mong Kok from four subway stations, Prince Edward, Mong Kok, Mong Kok East, and Yau Ma Tei.
Alternatively ask any taxi for Mong Kok.