Hung Shing Temple, Ap Lei Chau
Hung Shing is a famous deity in Southern China, also named the "God of South Sea". The earliest temple of "God of South Sea" found in Canton Province was believed to be built in the year of 594. Worshippers believe Hung Shing could save them from danger. In Tong Dynasty, Hung Shing upraised by the Emperor as the "King of Kwan Li"which represented goodfortune. In Sung Dynasty, "King of Kwan Li"renamed to "King of Hung Shing Kwan Li". According to legend, Hung Shing was a virtuous official in the Tong Dynasty (618-907) 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 the Emperor crowned Hung Hei the "King of Hung Shing Kwan Li".
The Temple adopted a "Two-hall and Three-bay" layout with skylight located between two halls. The temple structure supported by five pairs of pillars is not commonly found in Hong Kong. The ceiling of the passageway was decorated with Shiwan ceramic figurines featured civil ministers and generals, while the "God of Sun" and "Goddess of Moon" can be found at each side of the roof ridge. The eave board at the entrance of the Temple engraved with traditional auspicious symbols, such as peony and chayote.
Historical & Cultural Relics
Historical relics survived in the temple include an iron bell cast in 1773 and Shi Wan potteries made in Qing Dynasty.
Hung Shing Festival
Hung Shing Festival falls on the 13th day of the second Lunar Monthand is one of the major annual events in the community of Ap Lei Chau. Parade and Cantonese Opera will be arranged for celebration. Worshippers flock to the Temple with sacrifices. Apart from Hung Shing Festival, people usually visit the Temple at the beginning and the end of Lunar Year as well as the Dragon Boat Festival, etc.
Apart from the main deity of Hung Shing, the temple also houses Kwan Tai (God of War), Tai Sui (Sixty Gods of Time), Kwun Yum (Goddess of Mercy) and Man Cheung (God of Literature and Bureaucracy).
This temple had undergone major renovations in 1988 and 2005.