The Wong Tai Sin temple is one of the most famous temples in Hong Kong. It is a Taoist temple dedicated to the great immortal Wong. The temple has gained popularity among the people for being a place where their prayers are answered. This temple is also popular among tourists for its colorful illustrations and motifs.
Built in the early 20th century in Kowloon's northern side close to the Lion Rock this temple signifies the influence of Tao preacher Leung Renyan who spread the message of Wong Tai Sin from Guangxi in China to Hong Kong. The temple remained as a private shrine for a few Taoist families until the government opened the temple to the public in 1934.
The architecture of the Wong Tai Sin is of the traditional Chinese style, with grand red pillars, a resplendent golden roof that is complete with friezes and yellow latticework. The temple also has an intricately carved nine dragon wall, it is in fact a smaller replica of the one found in Beijing. And though Wong Tai Sin is a Taoist temple a portrait of Confucius and Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist literature can also be seen.
Though the Grand Hall or the Daxiong-baodian is the main focus of visitors to the temple there are several other places of interest as well. Among them the Sansheng Hall and the Good Wish garden are the most important. Most visitors to this temple come to have their prayers answered via a Taoist spiritual practice called Kau Cim, they light incense sticks and kneel down and pray before the main alter. A peculiar bamboo stick containing a fortune stick is shaken until it falls out and then the stick is exchanged for a piece of paper with a number, which the fortune-teller interprets.
Known as a spiritual highlight of Hong Kong this temple offers something different from the bustling streets and the shopping malls. To enjoy the wide ranging attractions of Hong Kong, travelers are advised to check into a comfortable hotel in Hong Kong such as Hotel Jen .
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