Upcoming Event: Mon Keang Tour – 1:00-2:00pm Saturday April 27

Upcoming Event: Mon Keang Tour – 1:00-2:00pm Saturday April 27

Join Chinatown Today this Saturday, April 27, 2024 to tour the Wongs’ Benevolent Association building and Mon Keang School! The stewards of the building have graciously invited Chinatown Today and our community up for an English-language tour their century-old building – join us appreciating this important piece of Chinatown’s built heritage, where generations of Chinese-Canadians have found community, culture, and more.


When: Saturday, April 27, from 1:00-2:00pm
Wong’s Benevolent Association (123A East Pender)

Image with the text: "Tour Mon Keang School with Chinatown Today. When: Saturday, April 27, 2024 from 1-2pm; Where: 123A East Pender Street; Cost: Free; Limited Capacity – RSVP via QR code or link in bio." on a marbled yellow background. Below this text is an image of the sign for Mon Keang School from the City of Vancouver Archives – COV-S644-: CVA 1095-09566. Below that is information on the National Trust for Canada's Next Great Save Contest: "Vote to save the school in the National Trust for Canada’s Next Great Save competition! Make sure to vote once a day until Monday May 6, 4PM PST!"

Mon Keang School

The Mon Keang School, operated by the Wongs’ Benevolent Association since 1925, has been entered in as a finalist in the National Trust for Canada’s Next Great Save contest! The historic place with the most votes will win $50,000 to help adapt, renew, or improve their space – Mon Keang is Vancouver’s only representative in the contest, and their century-old building is in dire need of these funds for repairs to ensure that it can survive for generations to come. You can vote every day until Monday May 6! Voting will close on May 6 at 4PM PST. For more information, read our recent article here.


Poster with text surrounding an image of the Wongs' Benevolent Association Building from the 1940s. The english text on the poster reads "Save Us – Save our building's 99-year old school: Mon Keang School. Vote Every Day from April 18 to May 6." 中文寫: 「幫助拯救我們的文彊學校。請上網投票支持我們共救百年校舍。請助我們文彊學校一臂之力。」

Things to bring:

  • Your curiosity & appreciation of Chinatown’s tangible and intangible heritage.

COVID Safety Information

For the health and safety of all our community members (especially seniors, disabled and immunocompromised folks), we highly encourage you to wear a face mask (preferably KN95, KF94 or N95).

Accessibility Information

Transit: Chinatown is accessible by transit via skytrain and bus. The closest skytrain station is Stadium-Chinatown.

Parking: The closest paid parking is located on the street or at Chinatown Plaza (106 Keefer Street).

Restrooms: There is a restroom available in the Wongs’ Benevolent Association building.

Venue accessibility: The tour will take place on the third and fourth floors of the Wongs’ Benevolent Association building. This is a century-old heritage building with no elevator, and there are approximately 40-50 steps on a narrow stairway.

Language: The tour will be conducted in English.