A popular spot for admiring the view over the city and harbour, from the 19th century til the present day.
Notes from J:
Its that little lookout spot with a small shaded bench between The Mount Austin and Peak Gardens. I never really understood why its called the umbrella seat, my guess is because its a little indent along the ridge line when viewed from the harbour.
Notes from Annelise:
[From the Peak Tram Upper Terminus, it] required three men to a chair ascending the peak. At the Umbrella Seat, merely a bench with a peaked roof, everybody stops long enough to allow the coolies to rest, then we continue on our way, passing sight-seers and nurses with children. After a while they stop again, and we travel on foot to the signal station.
"Around the World in Seventy-Two Days" By Nelly Bly, Jules Verne - 1889
And it is the same today - just a bench with a little "pagoda" roof