Hong Kong is the melting pot of different people and cultures. Under skyscrapers and malls in Hong Kong, there are plenty of cultural places from temples and museum to pleasant Chinese gardens hiding around the city. There you can find all major world regions. You will be amazed how peaceful Buddhist temples, Catholic churches and Islamic mosques coexist together. The next nine temples are the most important and famous in Hong Kong.
Chi Lin Nunnery
Chi Lin Nunnery is the world’s largest handmade wooden building, made of cypress wood. The temple is located in Diamond Hills, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Chi Lin Nunnery was founded in 1934 and renovated in the 1990s. The temple has 16 halls, a huge garden in front of the temple, soul-soothing lotus ponds and three types of statues: the Sakyamuni Buddha, Guanyin and Bodhisattvas, which are made of gold, clay and wood.
Miu Fat Buddhist Monastery
Miu Fat Buddhist Monastery was constructed in 1950s and rebuilt in 2010. The monastery is located in Lam Tei, Tuen Mun District. The temple is one of Hong Kong’s most eccentric Buddhist complexes. The temple has a Buddhist Shrine, a community hall, a library, cultural welfare facilities and a kitchen serving vegetarian food. There are two halls in the monastery. First hall is the Ten Thousand Buddha’s hall, which is 45 meters tall and designed with a lotus shrine. Another hall is the Mahavira hall which holds three gold plated statues of buddhas Sayamuni. Each side of the entrance has columns carved with gold scaled dragons.
Wong Tai Sin Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple is one of the most famous attractions in Hong Kong. It has another name called Sik Sik Yuen. The temple is dedicated to Wang Tai Sin who is believed to be able to heal the wounded, save the dying and punish the evil. It is designed in the traditional Chinese style with grand red pillars, a golden roof adorned with blue friezes, yellow lattice and multi-colored carvings.
Tsing Shan Monastery
Tsing Shan Monastery is one of the oldest temple in Hong Kong. It is located at the foot of Castle Peak. Inside of the monastery, the characters ‘香海名山’ which means ‘fragrant sea and prestigious mountain’ are engraved on the gate. The main hall is Ching Wan Koon. The temple is dedicated to Dou Lao, a deity who is believed to have the power to relieve the worries from people. This temple is one of the shooting locations for the movie, Bruce Lee classic Enter the Dragon.
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is located Po Fook Hill at Pai Tau Village, Sha Tin. The temple was founded in 1955 by Buddhist laymen Yuet Kai who carried the material during construction by himself. The temple took eight years to finish the construction. By 1957, around 12,800 Buddha statues were made for this monastery. There are five halls in total which hold statues. Some of Buddhas are placed outside.
Po Lin Monastery
Located on Lotus Island, Hong Kong, Po Lin Monastery was built in 1906. There are three main Buddha statues, made of bronze. They represent past, present and future. The temple is dedicated to Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy. The garden at Po Lin Monastery is alive with bird songs and floral scents.
Fung Ying Seen Koon
Fung Yin Seen Koon was founded in 1929. The name of temple is based on two fairy islands: Fang Lai and Ying Chau. The temple features an outstanding architectural design, including an eye-catching bright orange roof. The wall of Tao Te Ching in front of Ancestral Hall has 81 chapters of the famous work Tao Te Ching by the ancient Chinese philosopher Laozi.
Yuk Hui Temple
Yuk Hui Temple was named after Mr. Lam Yuk Mo and first founded in 1783. Pak Tai is the main deity of the temple. People worship her because of her courage, power and devotion. There are other deities including Guanyin, Tai Sui, Tin Hua and Tu Di Gong. There are three halls, with the Pak Tai statues placed in the main hall. Worshippers usually visit Yuk Hui Temple during Pak Tai festival and Ban festival.
Man Mo Temple
Situated on Hollywood Road in Sheung Wan, Man Mo Temple was built in 1847. The temple is a picturesque tribute to the God of Literature (Man), holding a writing brush and the God of War (Mo), wielding a sword. Both of them are worshipped by people looking for success in their studies.