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Hung Shing Temple, Cheung Chau

Hung Shing Temple, Cheung Chau
 
 

This temple was built by local fishermen in 1813.

Hung Shing - a God of the Sea (洪聖)

Hung Shing is a deity with high regard in the Southern China, also named the “God of South Sea”. Worshippers believe Hung Shing could save them from maritime distress. In the Chui Dynasty (隋朝) and Tong Dynasty (唐朝), Hung Shing upraised by the Emperor as the “King of Kwan Li” (廣利王) which represented good fortune. In the Song Dynasty (宋朝), the “King of Kwan Li” renamed to “King of Hung Shing Kwan Li” (洪聖廣利大王). According to legend, Hung Shing was a virtuous official in the Tong Dynasty named Hung Hei, who had established an observatory which enabled accurate weather prediction. It was said that his spirit had saved many lives from typhoons and local disasters. Thus, people built a temple to worship him.

Historical & Cultural Objects

Historical items in the temple include an altar, incense burner, offering table and other ritual items that date back to 1874.

Architectural Setting

The temple has a shape of a traditional Chinese temple. In the front of the main hall is the entrance hall. The middle court somewhat looks like a covered yard. The rear portion is the main hall where the statues of the deities are placed.

Architectural Setting
 

Other Deities

Other than the main deity of Hung Shing, the temple also houses Tai Sui (Sixty Gods of the Year), Kwun Yum (Goddess of Mercy), Wah Toh (God of Medicine) and Lung Mo Leung Leung (Dragon Mother).

Hung Shing Festival

Hung Shing Festival falls on the 13th February in Lunar Calendar.

Hung Shing Festival   Hung Shing Festival

 

 

Address:

Chung Hing Street, Cheung Chau

Opening Hours:

7:00am to 5:00pm daily

TEL No.:

2981 0459

Public Transport:

Take the ferry to Cheung Chau at the Central Pier → take a right from the pier and walk along Cheung Chau Family Walk to Chung Hing Street (10 mins.)

 

 

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