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Chinese Temples Committee

Tin Hau Temple, Sham Shui Po


Sham Shui Po was formerly a bay where many fishing junks berthed. The fishing folks looked to the supernatural power to keep them safe on the sea and built this temple in honor of Tin Hau, the God-dess of the Sea in 1901. The temple originally faced the seashore and had good Fung Shui. Nowadays, it is tucked in the midst of high-rise buildings.

Tin Hau

Tin Hau who is also called Matsu (Mother-Ancestor)(媽祖) 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.

Architectural Setting


Architecturally, this temple mirrors that of the Kwan Tai Temple in Hai Tan Street, Sham Shui Po. One notable sight of the temple is the pair of wooden screens at its entrance which are patterned like Chinese embroidery. The building consists of a main hall at the rear with side halls at its sides. The scale of this temple is considered large in the urban area.

Historical & Cultural Relics

The Chinese character "Tin Hau Temple" and a couplet were engraved at the main entrance in 1913.

Other Deities

Apart from the main deity of Tin Hau, the temple also houses Tai Sui (the Sixty Gods of Time), Kwun Yum (Goddess of Mercy) and Pao Kung (God of Justice).

Tin Hau Festival

Tin Hau Festival falls on the 23rd day of the third lunar month.


This temple has undergone major renovations in 1915 and 1990.





No.180-184, Yee Kuk Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon

Opening Hour:

8:30am to 5:30pm daily

Public Transport:

MTR - Sham Shui Po Station Exit A2, walk for 10 minutes




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