Kwan Tai Temple, Sham Shui Po
Mo Tai /Kwan Tai (also named as Guan Di) - God of War (關帝 / 武帝)
Mo Tai/Kwan Tai was a great warrior under Emperor Liu Bei (劉備) of the Three Kingdoms period (三國). He was a brave and upright person with a passion for reading the historical writings of Confucious about the warring period in East Zhou Dynasty. One day, while he was travelling on the road to get away from the unrests, he met Liu Bei and Zhang Fei (張飛) and became sworn brothers in the Garden of Peach (桃園) to re-establish the Han Dynasty (漢朝) . In the battle of Mak Shing (麥城), he was defeated and killed. It was said that after his death, his spirit had performed many miracles to protect the natives in the vicinity of Mount Yuk Chuen (玉泉山). In gratitude for his help, the natives built a temple to worship him.
Historical & Cultural Relics
The giant bell and the altar of the temple, made in 1891, display a high level of craftsmanship.
Apart from the main deity Mo Tai, the temple also houses Man Cheong (God of Literature & Bureaucray), Tai Sui (Sixty Lords of Time), Kwun Yum (Goddess of Mercy), Pau Kung (God of Justice).
Mo Tai ( Kwan Tai ) Festival
There are two festivals each year which fall on the 13th day of the fifth lunar month and 24th day of the sixth lunar month.