Chinese temples in Hong KongHong Kong, a brew of diverse people and cultures, is full of cultural gems such as temples and monasteries. Hidden amidst the skyscrapers and malls of the city, over 600 temples draw countless devotees and serve as the main spot for celebrating the city’s festivals. It is said that if you follow the aroma of incense in the streets of Hong Kong, you will probably end up at one of the small hidden temples. Read on for interesting information on some Chinese temples in Hong Kong.

Man Mo Temple

Man Mo Temple Hong KongBuilt in 1847, the Man Mo Temple is one of the oldest and the only Chinese temple in Hong Kong dedicated to the God of Literature (Man) and the God of War (Mo). The Chinese visit the temple to pray for success in examinations or their academic endeavours and for divine help in resolving disputes. This temple was declared as a Grade I historic building in 2009 and exudes a highly pious aura. The peace of the place and the fragrance of the giant hanging incense coils strike a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city of Hong Kong.

Shing Wong Temple

Shing Wong Temple Hong KongShing Wong Temple was built in 1877 and is a tribute to the guardian god who protects and watches over the city. According to traditional Chinese beliefs, Shing Wong God controls the ghosts and spirits of the place to maintain peace and order in the world of the living as well as the dead. The temple was initially called the Fook Tak Chi (Fook Tak refers to a place where people pray for blessings and virtues) and in 1974 was renamed as Shing Wong Temple by the Chinese Temple Committee. The temple’s proximity to the Shau Kei Wan tram terminus makes it popular amongst local residents and tourists alike.

Tam Kung Temple

The Tam Kung Temple was built over 100 years ago and its original design is still intact. It is believed that Tam Kung was a native fisherman who had command over the wind and the rain right since the time he was 12 years old. It is also said that he could cure the sick. A statue in the temple portrays him as a youthful god. The temple also boasts a dragon boat. Besides, there is an iron bell, altar, and a stone tablet from the Qing dynasty (1644–1911). The boulder in front of the temple is said to be the seal of Tam Kung.

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