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Chinese Temples Committee
 

Tin Hau Temple, Peng Chau

 
 

Peng Chau is an island lying east of Lantau Island. It was a fishing village where people built the Tin Hau Temple to pray for calm seas and full nets. According to the inscriptions on a stone tablet, the temple was built in 1798.

Tin Hau

Tin Hau (天后) 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

 

Historical & Cultural Relics

Items of interest inside the temple include a sandalwood branch which is believed to have the power of driving away the evil; and a fish bone which measures 5 feet in length and 6 inches in width. The bone is said to be presented to the temple more than a hundred years ago by fishermen. Apart from these, the temple also houses a bronze bell cast in 1752 and a stone tablet detailing the temple renovation in 1832.

Other Deities

Apart from the main deity of Tin Hau, the temple also houses Hung Shing (a God of the Sea ) and Choi Pak Sing Kwan (a God of Wealth).。

Tin Hau Festival

The busiest time of the year is at Tin Hau Festival on the 23rd day of the third lunar month where theatrical performances and parades will be organised by Peng Chau Rural Committee.

Renovations

This temple has undergone major renovations in 1798, 1877 and 1998.

 

 

 

Addresss:

No.69B, Wing On Street, Peng Chau

Opening Hour:

7:00am to 5:00pm daily

Public Transport:

Take the ferry to Peng Chau at Outlying Islands Pier in Central (Please refer to Ferry Service Timetable)

 

 

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