Wong Tai Sin Temple is an exquisitely ornamented temple that is dedicated to Wong Tai Sin, a Taoist Deity. Here is a quick guide on this famous attraction in Hong Kong.
According to the Legend…
Wong Tai Sin, a shepherd boy, had been living on mainland China’s eastern shores during the 4th century. It is believed that he learnt the art of morphing medicine out of cinnabar that held the power to cure all illnesses. Legend also states that he could also make wishes come true.
Wong Tai Sin Temple was initially a private shrine that was reserved for Taoists. However, it was opened to the public in 1934 for the Lunar New Year and in 1956, the government approved to keep it open all year round. The temple survived the massive destruction of Hong Kong during WWII.
This massive temple houses several halls and altars. And to one’s amazement, the shrine also includes Confucian and Buddhist worshipping halls, even though it’s said to be a Taoist Temple. Located within a 30-minute driving distance via Route 1 from properties like Dorsett Wan Chai Hong Kong, this attraction is a must-visit during your vacation to Hong Kong.
The main worshipping place is the massive open space in front of the main altar. One would be able to observe the worshippers holding bundles of burning incense and go about their rituals. If you’re thinking of sightseeing in Hong Kong, this temple is a must.