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Chinese Temples Committee
 

Hung Shing Temple, Ap Lei Chau

 
 

This temple is the oldest in Aberdeen and Ap Lei Chau areas. It was built by local residents in 1773 and is now listed as Grade I historical building by the Antiquities Advisory Committee.

Hung Shing - a God of the Sea (洪聖)

Hung Shing was originally a government official named Hung Hei in Tang Dynasty(唐朝). He promoted the study of astronomy, and geography and established an observatory to observe the meteorological changes. His devotion to work made him die at a young age. After his death, the reigning emperor gave him the posthumous title of "Kwong Lee Hung Shing Tai Wong" (廣利洪聖大王). Legend has it that Hung Shing continued to guard the people against natural disasters on numerous occasions after his death. Many government officials later built temples to worship him as the God of Southern Sea.

Architectural Setting

 

Unlike other temples which are supported by four pairs of pillars, this temple has one extra pair which serves to support the ceiling of the passageway at the side of the temple. The roof of the front hall is exquisitely decorated with Shek Wan pottery along its ridge.

Historical & Cultural Relics

Historical relics survived in the temple include an iron bell cast in 1773 and Shi Wan potteries made in Qing Dynasty.

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) and Kwun Yum (Goddess of Mercy).

Tin Hau Festival

Hung Shing Festival falls on the 13th day of the second lunar month. Theatrical performance and procession are organized by local residents to mark the occasion.

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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