The Tin Hau Temple in Yau Ma Tei – Discovering a Well Kept ‘Secret’ in Hong Kong

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As you wander the streets of Yau Ma Tei in Hong Kong, you may come across a small temple which you may not give a second glance, though make sure you do! The Tin Hau Temple, built to honour Tin Hau who is considered the protector of fishermen is quite an intriguing site to visit.

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Diego Delso, Kowloon Waterfront, Hong Kong, 2013-08-09, DD 03, CC BY-SA 3.0

Getting there

This temple can be found near the Temple Street Night Market and is walking distance from Exit C of the Yau Ma Tei MTR Station. Within a five minute walk from Silka Seaview, this site is easy to reach and is conveniently located near plenty of local dining options too.

The origins

The Tin Hau Temple dates back to the 1880s and believe it or not, at the time of its construction the site actually faced the waterfront! However, due to many subsequent land reclamations, it can now be found within the city surrounded by seafood stores and hotels in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong.

A historical attraction
\While it is dedicated to the Chinese Goddess of the Sea, this temple which is over 150 years old also has a historical significance. In fact, in 2000 it was bestowed the rating of being a ‘Grade I Historic Building’ and of being a site that should be preserved.

A sacred site

Today you will find devotees at the Tin Hau Temple praying at shrines dedicated not only to Tin Hau but the God of Justice, Bao Gong as well. Here, you can even find those who will read your palm and tell your fortune.


Filled with wanderlust that seeks to explore distant shores and captivated by the colors and vibrancy of exotic cultures, Kanya Mae writes on the beautiful, exciting, and enchanting wonders of the world. She is a writer who not only has a passion for travel, but also has a background in fashion, art and media. Google+


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