Hong Kong Attractions: Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple
Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple 黃大仙祠
The Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple in Kowloon is incredibly popular with Hongkongers, who come in their thousands every day, to pray for good fortune and divine their future by shaking out bamboo prediction sticks, known as chim.
Established in the early 20th century by two Taoist monks from Guangzhou, the colorful, atmospheric temple is dedicated to Wong Tai Sin, a 4th century shepherd boy said to have had healing powers and later raised to the status of a divinity.
Good Wish Gardens
The large temple grounds include incense-filled shrines, the Good Wish Gardens complete with colorful pavilions, ornamental ponds and bridges and dozens of fortune-tellers - some of whom advertise their services in English.
The temple has shrines dedicated to Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian deities and is an fascinating window into popular Hong Kong religion. Other sights in the temple are a Nine-Dragon Wall based on the one in Beijing's Forbidden City and three memorial archways. A small fee is charged for the Good Wish Gardens and the temple is open from 7am-5.30pm daily.
The Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple gets especially busy at Chinese New Year, Friday nights and over weekends.
If you are on any organized tour of Hong Kong, chances are you will be brought to Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple to sample its lively atmosphere.
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Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple