Hong Kong’s Wong Tai Sin Temple

The Wong Tai Sin Temple is located in the north of the Kowloon area of Hong Kong.  Wong Tai Sin, the Great Immortal Wong as he’s called, traditionally hails from further inland.

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It’s good to be Wong


In the city of Foshan, in the same province as me of Guangdong, a particular adherent brought the worship of Wong Tai Sin to HK and set up a shrine to the Great Immortal Wong about 100 years ago.  As the story goes, the man’s shrine was nowhere near as immortal as the Great Wong, apparently, because it burnt down.  Wong Tai Sin took that opportunity to upgrade, instructing his dedicated followers to walk 3,000 steps from the coast and build a new, and naturally much grander shrine, on the spot.


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Just inside the main entrance.

I think the Great Immortal Wong would be pretty happy with his new lay-out because the Wong Tai Sin Temple is a large, gorgeous temple that gets lots of visitors.  It may be good to be king, but it seems being a great immortal has its benefits also.

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The Great Immortal Wong can have a bit of a temper it seems.


While visiting, during the Mid-Autumn Festival, I was lucky enough to see a bit of a parade and festival.  It was quite the colorful and lively event.