Tin Hau Temple, Cha Kwo Ling
Tin Hau (天后) who is also called Matsu (媽祖)(Mother-Ancestor) was a native of Fujian Province (福建省). She met a Taoist priest at the age of 13 who taught her how to predict the future and help those who were sick and weak. It was said that she travelled about the sea on a mattress made of reed to save the people who were being drowned. People therefore looked upon her as the goddess for safety on the sea.
Structurally, the temple has the shape of a typical Chinese temple. There is a main hall flanked by side halls . On the architectural side, the temple walls are built with granite, a construction material not commonly used in temples. The main door of the temple is decorated with a pair of remarkably fine bas-reliefs.
Apart from Tin Hau, the temple also houses Kwan Tai (God of War), Tai Sui (Sixty Gods of the Year), Kwun Yum (Goddess of Mercy), Choi San (God of Wealth), Lo Ban (Patron of Carpenters and Builders), Wah Kwong (God of Fire), Confucius (Patron of Philosophy) , Gum Fa Leung Leung (Patron of Pregnant Women) and Wai Chi King Tak (Gate God General).
Tin Hau Festival
Tin Hau Festival falls on the 23rd day of the third lunar month. During that period, the temple is flocked with worshippers and the waterways are crammed with decorated boats. Theatrical performances are also held during the Festival.
The old temple had undergone renovations in 1891 and 1941 while major renovation was carried out to the present temple in 1998.