Wong Tai Sin Temple, also known as Sik Sik Yuen Temple, is one of the places that we tend to go back to whenever we visit Hong Kong. It’s conveniently located, as it is only a few minutes walk from Wong Tain Sin MTR Station.
From the MTR, you will pass by these small stalls selling items such as keychains, charms, and joss sticks.
This is the sight that will greet you as you make your way to the temple.
You just have to head up these flight of stairs and you will arrive at Wong Tai Sin Temple.
Wong Tai Sin is a Taoist temple that was established in 1921. It’s one of the most prominent temples in Hong Kong. It pays tribute to Wong Tai Sin (Huang Chu-ping). Wong Tai Sin temple houses the scared portrait of Wong Tai Sin that, in 1915, was brought from Guangdong in Southern China to Hong Kong. The temple is a favourite visit of people as they go here to pray for good fortune, divine guidance, and of course, get their fortunes told.
I love the way that the old and new architecture seem to collide here. Also, it’s really awesome that you can find a sprawling temple such as Wong Tai Sin in the middle of the bustling city!
Present are also the 12 Zodiac signs. Haha, this is a favourite photo spots by tourists, and when we visited during the Chinese New Year, there were so many people that it was impossible to take a good photo! However, during our last visit back in December, the place wasn’t as packed and I was able to take much better photos.
At the side is where you can light up your joss sticks (I suggest that before going up, you should already buy your joss sticks at the small stalls).
A lot of people that visited also lit up joss sticks.
There’s also a tradition here where you kneel before the main altar, make a wish or ask a question, and then you have to shake a bamboo cylinder containing fortune sticks and wait until one falls out. You then take note of the number and you exchange this for a piece of paper bearing the same number – where you get a fortune teller to interpret the meaning of the fortune on the paper for you. There is a small fee, but it’s nothing too expensive, and it is a nice experience. You can also have your palm or face read. That, and have your fortune told. 🙂
During our visit, a lot of people were tying red strings here, and my mom and I went ahead and followed their example! 🙂
Pretty lanterns. Anyway, Wong Tai Sin also has many worshippers in Hong Kong, so even if it’s not a special occasion, you will still end up smelling like incense once you leave. The ‘peak’ season so to speak here though would be during Chinese Lunar New Year and the birthday of Wong Tai Sin, which is being celebrated every 23rd day of the eighth lunar month.
Wong Tai Sin is definitely one of the most colourful temples that we have ever visited.
Good Wish Garden, which we have yet to explore thoroughly. Maybe we’ll actually go and do so next time we come back to HK. 😀
Wong Tai Sin is one of the places in Hong Kong that you should visit, even if just once. It’s a whole new experience and I think it also shows you a different aspect of Hong Kong.
Wong Tai Sin Temple is located at Lung Cheung Road, Wong Tai Sin, Wong Tai Sin District, New Kowloon, Hong Kong.