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Chinese Temples Committee
 

Hung Shing Temple, Ap Lei Chau

 
 

Hung Shing Temple, Ap Lei Chau

Hung Shing Temple in Ap Lei Chau is Declared Monument, was probably built in 1773 for the worship of Hung Shing (Deity for protecting fishermen and sea traders), other deities include Kwan Tai (God of War),Tai Sui (Sixty Gods of Time),Man Cheung (God of Literature and Bureaucracy) and Kwun Yum (Goddess of Mercy), etc.The Temple is the one of the very few traditional temples in Hong Kong still keeps its original fungshui setting (sea-oriented). Ap Lei Chau is a fishing community, villagers made their living by shipbuilding, fishing and marine trading. Worshippers believe Hung Shing(also named God of South Sea) would assure their safety and bring them good harvest.

Hung Shing

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".

Architecture

 

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.

Other Deities

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).

Renovations

This temple had undergone major renovations in 1988 and 2005.

 

 

 

Addresss:

Hung Shing 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 Hung Shing Street in Ap Lei Chau and walk for 2 minutes
  • Take the Green Minibus no. 36X at Pak Sha Road in Causeway Bay, get off at Hung Shing Street in Ap Lei Chau and walk for 2 minutes
 

 

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