Noon Day Gun

Noon Day Gun

Owned by multinational company Jardine Matheson, the Noon Day Gun, made famous in the Noel Coward song Mad Dogs and Englishmen, is fired off by a Jardine employee at noon every day.

The gun is located on the waterfront in Causeway Bay, where Jardine used to have warehouses, known in these parts as godowns. The one-gun salute tradition is said to have started when a Royal Naval Officer who was new to Hong Kong became annoyed at the tendency of Jardine employees to fire off a gunshot when the head of the company sailed into port – gun salutes being reserved for military commanders only. As punishment, Jardine were required to fire a one-shot salute every day at noon, for perpetuity.

The company has kept to the deal and the Noon Day Gun has become a local tradition and attraction for visitors. Noel Coward even dropped by to fire it off once.

Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
How to get there
MTR Causeway Bay Station, Exit D1. Walk along Lockhart Road to Cannon Street. Then walk along Jaffe Road to the World Trade Centre. You access the Noon Day Gun through a tunnel next to the hotel, in front of the World Trade Centre.

Remarks: The gun will be fired at noon.
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