Those looking to soak up some local culture and gain insights into Hong Kong’s rich heritage should include these temples in Kowloon in their sightseeing itinerary.
Wong Tai Sin Temple
This rather unique temple, in fact, pays homage to three religions namely Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. Within easy reach of Tsim Sha Tsui hotels, it is also known as the Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple; devotees come to pray and give offerings for good fortune and to have their wishes come true.
Tin Hau Temple
In the Yau Ma Tei area, you will find the Tin Hau Temple built in honour of the Goddess of the Sea, Tin Hau. Located within a 10-minute walk from Travelodge Kowloon, this sacred site originally faced the harbourfront, but today due to development and land reclamation stands amidst an urban jungle!
Chi Lin Nunnery
One of the most well-known temples in Hong Kong, the Chi Lin Nunnery features Tang dynasty style design and intricate wooden architecture. Home to Buddhist relics and temple halls with statues of Sakyamuni Buddha and Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, the site also has tranquil lotus ponds that add to its charm.
Hau Wong Temple
The Hau Wong Temple dates back to 1730 and is popularly believed to have been built to commemorate a Chinese general who assisted the Song dynasty’s last emperor escape from invading forces. Highlights include shrines to Bao Gong, Chinese calligraphy, ancient artefacts and a lovely garden.