Lin Fa Kung, Tai Hang
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.
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.
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.
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.