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Chinese Temples Committee

Kwun Yum Temple, Ap Lei Chau


The exact time for the construction of the temple cannot be traced. From the dates written on the plaque hanging in the temple and the inscriptions on the stone tablet which commemorates the reconstruction work, the temple should already be in existence in 1891.

Kwun Yum (also named as Guan Yin) - Goddess of Mercy (觀音)

Kwun Yum or Kwun Sai Yum (觀世音) is known for centuries as a deity of sympathy, compassion and mercy. She is willing to hear the pleas of those who are suffering. Kwun Yum is a deity in both Buddhism and Taoism. Kwun Yum in the earlier times was a male divinity, but evolved to be a female deity in the Tang Dynasty. Arising from a saying that Kwun Yum studied Taoist teachings on lotus blossoms, some Kwun Yum Temples are also called Lin Fa Kung or Palace of Lotus Flower. Temples dedicated to Kwun Yum are often alternatively known as Shui Yuet Kung or Palace of Water and Moon (水月宮), which stands for quiet, peaceful and detached from the material world.

Architectural Setting


Other Deities

Apart from Kwun Yum (Goddess of Mercy), the temple also houses All Saints (All Saints include Kwan Tai (God of War), Tin Hau (Goddess of the Sea) , Jai Kung (Beggar Monk of Good Character) and Wong Tai Sin (a God of Medicine) ).

Kwun Yum Festival

Traditionally, there are four festivals in the lunar year in honour of Kwun Yum. They fall on the 19th day of the second, sixth, ninth and eleventh lunar months and these days correspond respectively to her birth, ordination, deification and assumption as a sea-goddess.

Major Renovations

This temple had undergone major renovation in 1995.





Main Street Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong

Opening Hour:

8:00am to 5:00pm daily

Public Transport:

  • Take the Green Minibus no. 27 at Sai On Street in Aberdeen, get off at Lee Man Road in Ap Lei Chau and walk for 5 minutes
  • Take the Green Minibus no. 36X at Pak Sha Road in Causeway Bay, get off at Lee Man Road in Ap Lei Chau and walk for 5 minutes



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