Wong Tai Sin Temple

Wong Tai Sin Temple
The Wong Tai Sin Temple is one of Hong Kong's busiest and most interesting temples. Not exactly in a central location but it can be very easily reached with the convenient MTR stop right next to it and is certainly worth the short trek.
Wong Tai Sin Temple - Main Temple

It is a very colorful temple and exemplifies the typical Chinese style with the guarding lions at the entrance, the pagoda style roofs, incense urns, plenty of lanterns and beautfifully decorated pillars.

Wong Tai Sin Main Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple is one of the most colorful temples in Hong Kong

Wong Tai Sin Main Temple
Beautiful lattice works decorate every corner of this temple

Wong Tai Sin Main Temple
Guardian Lions stand side by side the Entrance

Wong Tai Sin Main Temple
Check out the Lanterns and intricate roof work

Wong Tai Sin Main Temple
And the delicately crafted Roof Guardians

Wong Tai Sin Main Temple
The crane is a symbol of a soaring spirit and lasting health

This temple is quite active and a great place to observe the old traditions in the context of modern life in Hong Kong.

Wong Tai Sin Main Temple
Worshipers from many religions come to pay respects

As is typical from Hong Kong religion practices, this temple attracts worshippers from several different faiths, buddhism, daoism, confucianism...

People from all walks of life frequent the temple. You can expect to see anyone from elders to well-heeled business people, housewifes, students, retirees... come to pay respects to this god who helps you stay fit or bring back health to the sick.

Wong Tai Sin Temple - Main Temple

Wong Tai Sin Main Temple

Wong Tai Sin Main Temple
Burning of incense is used to purify the surroundings

According to the legend, Wong Tai Sin was a humble sheperd who was taught by an immortal when he was 15 to make a herbal potion which could cure all illnesses and help you stay healthy. A temple to worship him was opened in 1915 when an image of the god was brought from Mainland China to Hong Kong. The original temple was in Wanchai but later moved to this location in 1921.

Wong Tai Sin Temple - Main Temple

Surrounding the main temple are many smaller shrines, beautiful gardens and pavillions, be sure to make some time to walk around.

Wong Tai Sin Main Temple
>Wong Tai Sin is surrounded by high rise housing estates

Wong Tai Sin Main Temple
Guardians of the temple by the main entrance

Wong Tai Sin Main Temple
Main Entrance Gate

Wong Tai Sin Main Temple
Many smaller temples in the complex

Wong Tai Sin Main Temple
Very intricate and lavish decorations

Wong Tai Sin Main Temple
Smaller temples and incense urns

Wong Tai Sin Main Temple
The hexagonal Unicorn Hall with carved window and door works

Wong Tai Sin Main Temple
Many sculptures and statues throughout...

Wong Tai Sin Main Temple
Beautiful pavillions in the gardens...

Wong Tai Sin Main Temple
Truly one of the most colorful Hong Kong Temples...

When to Visit the Wong Tai Sin Temple?

The temple is open from early in the morning until 5:30 p.m.

Busiest times of the year are around the Chinese New Year (January or February) and Wong Tai Sin's Birthday on the 23rd day of the 8th Lunar Month (usually in September).

How to get to Wong Tai Sin Temple?

Wong Tai Sin MTR station
Easy... Take the MTR to Wong Tai Sin station, exit B2, temple is just next door to the station, follow the signs (or the crowds) you will see first the vendors right outside the main gate to the temple with their colorful offerings.
Wong Tai Sin Temple - Main Temple

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