A famed Taoist temple in Hong Kong, the Wong Tai Sin Temple is renowned as a place where you can make a wish and have your fortune told! It is also great for a sightseeing visit.
Getting to the temple
The Wong Tai Sin Temple is a sacred site that can be found near Temple Mall North within easy reach of hotels in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. It is around a three minute walk from Exit B2 of the Wong Tai Sin MTR Station and a 30 minute cab ride from Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong.
A bit of back-story
The temple honours Wong Tai Sin who was born in the fourth century and is believed to have become a deity at a place called Heng Shan. A merciful and powerful deity, he is said to grant wishes and has made the temple popular amongst devotees.
Making a wish
At the Wong Tai Sin Temple, you will see devotees with worship sticks kneeling in front of the main altar; they make a wish and proceed to shake a cylinder that has fortune sticks. When one of these falls out, it is exchanged for a paper that has a corresponding number. A soothsayer then interprets the devotee’s fortune based on this.
There is much to see here including the Yuk Yik Fountain, the Bronze Pavilion and the Yue Heung Shrine. Featuring Chinese-style temple design, it is also home to the noteworthy Grand Hall, Nine Dragon Wall and Good Wish Garden amongst other highlights.
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