A 830 square foot space in Sai Ying Pun has been transformed into a dozen “space capsule” pods, which provide basic amenities and a bed in a space under 20 square feet. The modules, which are reminiscent of Japanese capsule hotels, are owned by a woman surnamed Wong and are being rent out at HK$5,100 per month each.

According to a listing on 591.com.hk, water and electricity, Wi-Fi and cleaning services are also provided. Discounts are provided for renting the space for longer periods.

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Capsule apartment in Sai Ying Pun. Photo: 591.com.hk.

“The space capsule has everything you need – television, LED lighting system… an adjustable ventilation system… a computer, dresser, and USB charging. Inside the capsule is also a memory foam mattress and pillow,” said the description. The capsules are located in Sai Ying Pun three minutes away from MTR.

If all 12 beds were rented out at the stated price, it could net over HK$60,000.

On the same website, a 664 square foot apartment in the same location costs HK$24,500.

Sai ying pun station
Sai Ying Pun MTR station. Photo: Wikicommons.

Commentators on Facebook were shocked at the high prices. One said “it is kind of pretty – I would consider it if it was HK$500 per month.”

Another asked “this kind of set up, is it against the law? Does it meet fire safety rules? It’s managing a business which [provides accommodation], doesn’t that need a license?”

Modules similar to the beds shown can be purchased online from US$851.

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Chantal Yuen

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.