Did You Know Thousands Of People In Hong Kong Live In “Coffin Homes”?

Hong Kong’s coffin homes, a downgrade from even the fictional cupboard under the stairs for Harry Potter, are notorious for the cramped, dangerous and unhygienic spaces.
A 'coffin home' in Hong Kong. Credit: Instagram/nonstop.archived

A 'coffin home' in Hong Kong. Credit: Instagram/nonstop.archived

For most travellers, Hong Kong’s eponymous Monster Building is a short pitstop on their city tour. But if those buildings nudge your claustrophobic-side, you wouldn’t survive in these cubicles that double up as homes for thousands in Hong Kong. Called ‘Coffin Homes’, these are subdivided apartments where a single living space is partitioned into multiple tiny cubicles, often just large enough for a single bed. To give you a reference of size, these rooms, 180 square feet in size, wouldn’t accommodate a double bed. They are the smallest apartments in the world.
Subdivided flats Credit Benny Lamphotographyofchinacom
Subdivided flats. Credit: Benny Lam/photographyofchina.com

Coffin Homes Of Hong Kong

A viral video, shot by travel influencer Drew Binsky, brings to mind Canadian photographer Benny Lam’s documentary titled ‘Trapped’, which showcases the appalling living conditions inside these boxes. These cubicles, also called cage homes, are typically made of metal or wood and lack proper ventilation or windows. Residents share communal kitchens and bathrooms, which are frequently overcrowded and unsanitary.
Credit Benny Lamphotographyofchinacom
Credit: Benny Lam/photographyofchina.com

The High Cost of Living

The skyrocketing cost of housing in Hong Kong, one of the most densely populated places in the world, is the primary culprit behind the existence of coffin homes. With property prices reaching astronomical levels, many residents, particularly low-income earners, elderly people, and new immigrants, struggle to afford even the most basic accommodation. Coffin homes, despite their cramped and often unhealthy conditions, offer a sliver of affordability in a city with limited options. But the rent for these spaces, where tall people often have to curl their feet to lie down, exceeds (250$) or Rs 20,000 in Indian currency. Harry Potter’s cupboard under the stairs would probably be slightly better than these cage homes.
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