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Chinese Temples Committee
 

Tam Kung Temple, Shau Kei Wan

 
 

Origin of the Temple

Shau Kei Wan was once a bay for berthing fishing boats. As Tam Kung symbolizes the God of Safety at Sea, fishermen built a temple here to worship him and placed a small scale wooden junk and a dragon boat in the temple.

Tam Kung - Sea God Lord Tam (譚公)

Tam Kung was originally a native of Huizhou (惠州) in Guangdong Province (廣東省) during Yuan Dynasty. When he was 12 years old, he already possessed supernatural powers to command the wind and rain, and cure the sick. His ability to forecast the weather made him a popular deity among the fishermen. Tam Kung is portrayed as being young and having a fresh face.

Architectural Setting

 

The temple has a good Fung Shui orientation. It faces the sea with its back against the hill. It is situated in the front part of a dragon, the pulse of which (the geomantic vitality) reaches across the water to Kowloon.

Historical & Cultural Relics

It was said that the boulder in front of the temple is the seal of Tam Kung. It was laid there over 90 years ago. An iron bell, an altar and a stone tablet that date back to the Qing Dynasty are also kept in the temple.

Other Deities

Apart from the main deity of Tam Kung, the temple also houses Kwan Tai (God of War), Man Cheong (God of Literature), Kwun Yum (Goddess of Mercy), Tin Hau (Goddess of Sea), Wong Tai Sin (God of Medicine), Wah Kwong (God of Fire), Lung Mo (Dragon Mother), Ng Tung Gods (Gods of Five Lucks) and Lady Golden Flower (Patron of Pregnant Women).

Tin Hau Festival

Tam Kung Festival falls on the 8th day of the fourth lunar month. Theatrical performances were held in the past but are replaced by procession nowadays.

Renovations

The old temple had undergone major renovations in 1908, 1944 and 1954. In 2002, the Chinese Temples Committee reconstructed the present temple with the original design preserved.

 

 

 

Addresss:

Tam Kung Temple Road, Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong

Opening Hour:

8:00am to 5:00pm daily

Public Transport:

MTR - Shau Kei Wan Exit D1 - follow Tung Hei Road and walk for about five minutes to Tam Kung Temple Road

 

 

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