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Wong Tai Sin Temple, a Taoist temple established in 1921, is one of the most famous temples in Hong Kong. It is also renowned among overseas Chinese in Southern Asia, Europe, and America.

Wong Tai Sin Temple is named after Wong Chuping. When Wong Chuping was 15, he began to follow Taoism. Forty years later, he achieved enlightenment and became immortal. People called him Wong Tai Sin from then on. It is said that he punishes evils, heals the wounded, and rescues the dying. The influence of Wong Tai Sin spread from Guangdong Province to Hong Kong in the early 20th century. With his mercy and his power, he is said to grant whatever is requested. Wong Tai Sin Temple is known for its fortune-telling. The fortune sticks (or lots) in Wong Tai Sin Temple are very accurate. Many people who visit the temple come to have their fortunes told. Generally, worshippers entreat the fate of the same year. They light worship sticks, kneel before the main altar, make a wish, and shake a bamboo cylinder containing fortune sticks until one falls out. The stick is exchanged for a piece of paper bearing the same number, and the soothsayer then interprets the fortune on the paper for the worshipper. Wong Tai Sin has many worshippers in Hong Kong, so the joss sticks and candles burn exuberantly all year round, especially during the Chinese Lunar New Year and Wong Tai Sin’s birthday – the 23rd day of the eighth lunar month.

The pious worshippers in the templeWong Tai Sin Temple is also called Sik Sik Yuen. The architecture of Wong Tai Sin Temple is in the traditional Chinese temple style: grand red pillars, a magnificent golden roof adorned with blue friezes, yellow latticework, and resplendent multi-colored carvings. Aside from the Daxiong-baodian or Grand Hall, Sansheng Hall and the Good Wish Garden are also worth seeing. The temple grounds also feature three memorial archways. The first one stands outside the temple and is carved with the name of the temple. If you walk past the soothsayers and the fortune-telling stalls, you can see another memorial archway. And if you continue further along the third memorial archway standing before you. Memorial archways are a common feature of traditional Chinese architecture. Also at the temple are the Nine Dragon Wall—a replica of the renowned Nine Dragon Wall in Beijing, and the Good Wish Garden – a miniature copy of Beijing’s Summer Palace .

Additionally, Wong Tai Sin Temple is the only temple that offers facilities for wedding ceremonies in Hong Kong.

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  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...almost 4 years ago

    A beautiful capture sweetheART fave ;} Happy hippy hugglez

  • Thank you very much Val

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  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchalmost 4 years ago

    What an amazing composition with beautiful color!!

  • Thank you very much Laurie

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  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 4 years ago

    excellent capture and pov Paul

  • Many thanks Kathy

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  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaalmost 4 years ago

    always appreciate your narratives, Paul. Terrific work

  • Thank you very much Maureen

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  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you very much Audrey

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  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezalmost 4 years ago

    great colours and detail Paul :)

  • Thanks alot Spectrum

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  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...almost 4 years ago

    i love the tones here, very good

  • Thanks alot Ryan

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  • Polly x
    Polly xalmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you very much Polly

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  • Clive S
    Clive Salmost 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • Thank you very much Clive

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  • heznel
    heznelalmost 4 years ago

    incredible contrast in architecture … love it : )

  • That is what I was trying to capture, thanks Heather

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