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Chinese Temples Committee
 

Lin Fa Kung, Tai Hang

 
 

This temple was built in 1863.

Origin of the Temple

It was said that Kwun Yum had been seen appearing near the huge rock (Lotus Rock) where the temple locates. The followers therefore built a temple near the rock to worship Kwun Yum.

Kwun Yum (also named as Guan Yin) - Goddess of Mercy

wun Yum or Kwun Sai Yum is known for centuries as a deity of sympathy, compassion and mercy, hearing the pleas of those who are suffering. Kwun Yum in the earlier times was a male divinity, but evolved to be a female deity in Tang Dynasty(唐朝).

Arising from a saying that Kwun Yum studied Taoist teachings on lotus blossoms, some Kwun Yum Temples are also called Lin Fa Kung (Palace of Lotus Flower). Temples dedicated to Kwun Yum are often alternatively known as Shui Yuet Kung (Palace of Water and Moon), which stands for all that is quiet and peaceful and detached from the material world.

Architectural Setting

太歲殿

金龍雕刻

鐘鼓

蓮花石

主殿

 

hough small in size, the temple is unique structurally. The front part of the temple stands on a terrace supported by pillars of 10-12 feet in height. The rear part lies on a huge rock which is now covered by the external wall. Part of the rock can be seen in the temple.

Characteristics of temple

Apart from its unique design, the temple also has fresco of dragons on the ceiling which is relating to the annual fire dragon dance show that takes place in Tai Hang. During Mid-Autumn Festival, eye-dotting of the fire dragon is carried out inside the temple before the dragon dance begins. Another unique sight of the temple is the hundreds of lotus lamps that are lighted in the chamber.

Other Deities

Apart from Kwun Yum (Goddess of Mercy), the temple also houses Tai Sui (Sixty Gods of Time), Wai Tor (Buddhist Temple Guardian) and Choi Sun (God of Wealth).

Kwun Yum Festival

There are four festivals in the lunar year in honour of Kwun Yum. They fall on the 19th day of the second, sixth, ninth and eleventh lunar months and these days correspond respectively to her birth, ordination, deification and assumption as a sea-goddess. Apart from these festive days, the temple is particularly busy during the Kwun Yum Open Treasury on the 26th day of the first lunar month.

Renovations

This temple was originally built in 1846. It assumed its present outlook in 1863 and was re-built by the Chinese Temples Committee in 1986.

 

 

 

Address:

Lily Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Opening Hours :

7:30am to 5:00pm each day

Public Transport:

MTR - Tin Hau Station Exit B, walk along Tung Lo Wan Road for 5 minutes, continue onto Lin Fa Kung Street West

 

 

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