Friday, June 7, 2019

Tin Hau Temple and Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple in Hong Kong

Hong Kong contains over 100 temples dedicated to Tin Hau, the Goddess of Seafarers.  One of the more prominent is the Yau Ma Tei temple, established in 1800 and expanded several times during the 19th century.  The central hall contains an alter to Tin Hau and the side halls contain alters and shrines to local earth gods.

Tin Hau Temple

Entrance to central hall

 Inside the central hall

Side halls

Across town, the Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple is a busy destination for all walks of Hong Kong life.  The temple hosts three religions:  Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism and is devoted to "The Great Immortal Wong" who was born around 328 AD, dedicated his life to Taoism at age 15, and 40 years later achieved enlightenment and became immortal.

The temple covers about 18,000 square meters (4.5 acres, 1.8 hectares) with halls dedicated to Buddha, Confucius, and other important religious and historical figures.

 Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple entrance

  1. Temple grounds
The two temples are truly interesting to wander through and explore.  There are a few other tourists, but most people there are worshiping and it's impressive to share the temple with them and watch all the activity.

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