The appealing territory of Hong Kong has acquired a strong reputation as a noteworthy visitor destination. Boasting historical and cultural monuments, outstanding shopping opportunities and an attractive cosmopolitan ambience, this engrossing city and its environs are always a pleasure to explore.
The territory is also noteworthy for the numerous interesting temples it contains. One of these is the well-known Hung Shing Temple which attracts a stream of devotees as well as sightseers. Located in the tranquil location of Kau Sai Chau island, this noteworthy place of worship inherits a historical legacy of no less than 120 years. It has been identified as the subject of an extensive restoration initiative aimed at restoring its former grandeur. In addition to being a noteworthy religious site this temple once functioned as a small-scale school as well as a community meeting place.
Within this shrine the visitor will notice an explanatory plaque which declares that it had its inception as far back as 1889, when the fisher folk of the island dedicated the shrine to the God of the Sea, Hung Shing. Following the pattern established at earlier such places of worship, this rural shrine features two principal halls. The temple compound also contains a courtyard which has been enclosed with a roof, creating more space for the temple’s functions.
On the principal altar within the main hallway the visitor will see the image of Hung Shing holding pride of place, as befitting the principal deity of the shrine. However you will also notice two secondary deities enshrined here, both of which have been traditionally venerated by the seafaring community. Another attraction which will draw the attention of the visitor is the elaborate mural which is located in the background of the principal altar. This mural depicts dragons, a common theme in Chinese art. Another interesting feature is a model representation of a traditional dragon boat, which has been placed alongside other interesting memorabilia relating to the seafaring community. Damaged caused by the forces of nature have led to the temple being refurbished a number of times.
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Jayani Senanayake is a writer who dabbles in travel and all things exotic. Under the pseudonym of Caliope Sage, she writes of the allures that must simply be discovered.