Located in the centre of Kowloon, this temple covers an enormous 18000 square meters and sits amidst beautiful natural settings away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Bearing great religious importance, the unique temple is also known for its traditional buildings with historic architecture as well the scenic beauty of the surroundings.
The temple is dedicated to Huang Chu-ping, a renowned monk who began practicing Taoism at the tender age of 15 and at 40 upon receiving enlightenment he became immortal. Considered a very powerful yet merciful deity, Wong Tai Sin is believed to punish evil, heal pain and grant whatever one wishes for. Praying to the deity is in the form of a practice called Kau Chim where devotees light worship sticks before kneeling before the altar and making a wish and lastly shaking the bamboo cylinder that contains fortunes sticks. As one of the sticks fall out, it is switched with a piece of paper which is very accurately interpreted by a soothsayer. It is believed that devotees receive the answer to their prayers on the same year.
The plethora of worshippers in Hong Kong, keep the candles and josh sticks burning all year long. The temple is especially sparkling during Wong Tain Sin’s birthday and the Chinese New Year.
Among the Interesting features worth viewing are the lavishly decorated Good Wish Garden, the Yue Hing Shrine; a place for the worshipping of Lighted Lamp’s Buddha, the Three Saints Hall, the Earthly Fountain, the Archives Hall, and the Unicorn Hall dedicated to the worshipping of Confucius.
Apart from this beautiful temple, Kowloon offers numerous other attractions that would keep you enthralled throughout your holiday. To experience this city and its places of interest stay at a hotel in Kowloon, one of the best being the Cosmo Hotel Mongkok. It is a hotel in Hong Kong that is ideal for all types of travellers.