October 25, 2013

Tin Hau Temple - Hong Kong

Site Name: Tin Hau Temple
Site Type:     Chinese traditional temple
Location:  Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Highlights: One of the oldest and important Chinese temples in Hong Kong; Hong Kong island was named after this site
Nearest Train Station: MTR Tin Hau station
Nearest Airport: Hong Kong
How to reach: Well connected by road; MTR station is nearby
Hotel: Plenty of options in all ranges in the area
Restaurants: Name a verity of restaurant; you can find that for sure in this area
Opening Hours: 7 am - 5 pm

Causeway Bay is a busy area jammed with shops of all kinds in Hong Kong island. Tin Hau Temple which is located at 10, Tin Hau Temple Road, east of Victoria Park in this area is an important and old Chinese traditional temple. This is the most important temple among all 40+ temples dedicated to Tin Hau in Hong Kong.

Tin Hau is the queen of heaven and the Chinese Goddess of Sea. This particular temple was originally constructed in 1747 CE. The present structure dates back to 1868 CE. 

As per the legend, this temple was built after an incense burner was found miraculously floating on the sea. This incident gave rise to one of the pre-colonial names of Hong Kong island - Hung Heung Lo (Red-incense burner island). 

The temple is popular for its Shek Wan pottery figurines on the roof and stone carvings near the entrance. Due to its original architecture, it has been declared as a protected monument.

The main altar of the temple is dedicated to Tin Hau, the sea Goddess. The side altars are dedicated Tsoi San, the God of Wealth and the Goddess of Childbirth. There are many shrines in this temple dedicated to the black-faced Pau Kung, the Judge of the Underworld. 

It is a temple which should not be missed in Hong Kong.

Happy travelling.

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