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The Royal Asiatic Society China, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Hungary in Shanghai, is pleased to present the architectural heritage of Hungarian architects in Shanghai in the 1920–30s, through a guided walk around the former International Settlement. The walk will be led by Lívia Szentmártoni, the Consul for Culture and Education of the Consulate General of Hungary in Shanghai.

On this guided walk, we will visit some of the stunning buildings in Huangpu District designed by László Hudec, Károly (Charles Henry) Gonda and the lesser known János Komor, which are part of Shanghai's 20th century architectural heritage, and hear some of the amazing stories behind their production.

This event is free for RAS members. Meeting place will be provided to confirmed attendees prior to the event. Please allow for 2½ hours for this walk.

Please note: This event is for RAS members only. Membership will be available at the event. You can also sign up for membership online here.

Planned tour-schedule:

Park Hotel (Hudec)

Sun Sun Department Store (Gonda)

Christian Literature Society Building / China Baptist Publication Building (Hudec)

Capitol Building / Theatre (Gonda)

Mitsubishi Bank (Komor)

Bank of Communications (Gonda)

Union Building of the Joint Savings Society (Hudec)

Bank of East Asia (Gonda)

About the speaker:

Lívia Szentmártoni is the Consul for Culture and Education at the Consulate General of Hungary in Shanghai since 2014. She is the former Director of Confucius Institute at University of Szeged and former Program Director of Confucius Institute at Eötvös Loránd University. Before starting her career as a diplomat, she gave lectures on Chinese etiquette and protocol in many institutions, offices and forums (Ministry for National Economy; Bank of China, Budapest; 11th International Protocol Congress; Immigration Office; MFB Invest Ltd. etc.). Ms. Szentmártoni is an enthusiastic promoter of Hungary and Hungarian culture. In her spare time she loves doing research on Hungarians – living and working in Shanghai at the beginning of the 20th century – who greatly contributed to the development and success of Shanghai. By 2019 she had edited two books on the two famous Hungarian architects László Hudec and Károly Gonda, whose works remain hallmarks of Shanghai to the present day. The albums were published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary / Consulate General of Hungary in Shanghai with the strong support of many Chinese and Hungarian bureaus, offices, institutions and individuals.

Ms. Lívia Szentmártoni is a sinologist with a great interest in art and architecture. She speaks three languages (English, Chinese and Italian).

Convenor: Parul Rewal, Architect and Urbanist

Photo by Nicky Almasy

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