Tam Kung Temple, Shau Kei Wan
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.
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.
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.
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.