Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple
2, Chuk Yuen Village, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon, Hong KongGetting there
Metro: MTR Wong Tai Sin Station, Exit B2, walk for about three minutes.Telephone
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there are no formal admission charges for visitors for entry to Wong Tai Sin Temple, except fot the Tai Sui Yuenchen Hall, but donation boxes are located throughout the complex. The admission fee for entry to the Tai Sui Yuenchen Hall is HK$100.
7am to 5-30pm daily*, except the Good Wish Garden which opens from 9am to 5pm daily and the Tai Sui Yuenchen Hall which is open 8am to 5pm daily*.
* at Chinese New Year's Eve Wong Tai Sin Temple closes at 5-30pm and .reopens at 9pm and stays through the night and until 6-30pm on the First Day of Chinese New Year, The Tai Sui Yuenchen Hall is closed on Chinese New Year's Eve and Chinese New Year's Day.
The Taoist temple, Wong Tai Sin at Chuk Yuen Village in Kowloon is Hong Kong’s busiest and probably best known temple with over 10,000 visitors each day. The temple god, Wong Tai Sin, also known as Huang Chu-ping, heals the wounded, saves the dying and punishes evil and is worshipped by not only the sick but by people with business problems. The temple, which is adorned with ornate Chinese architecture, provides a tranquil environment amongst the surrounding high-rise buildings.
An explosion of colourful pillars, roofs, lattice work, flowers and incense, this busy temple is a destination for all walks of Hong Kong society, from pensioners and businesspeople to parents and young professionals.
Some come simply to pray, others to divine the future with chìm – bamboo ‘fortune sticks’ that are shaken out of a box on to the ground and then read by a fortune-teller (they’re available free from the left of the main temple).
According to legend, the temple is named after Master Wong Cho Ping, a shepherd boy born in 328AD during the Tsun Dynasty to a poor family from Lan Xi City of Jin Hua County in Zhejiang Province on the eastern coast of mainland China, who at the age of 15 was taught by a fairy how to refine cinnabar into a medicine believed to cure all ills. After living in seclusion for 40 years learning this art he was found by his brother, Wong Cho Hei, following guidance from a Taoist master and from then on was called Wong Tai Sin. When his brother asked the whereabouts of the herds of sheep, Wong Tai Sin took him to a mountain, pointed into the distance and shouted at white rocks which immediately turned into herds of sheep. Wong Cho Hei was so impressed by this miracle that he joined Wong Tai Sin in practising Tao and both later became deities.
In 1915, father and son Taoist priests Liang Renan and Liang Junzhuan brought a portrait of Wong Tai Sin to Hong Kong from a local temple called Sik Sik Yuen in Xiqiao in Guangdong Province and the portrait was displayed at a small temple in Wan Chai, where the Sik Sik Yuen charitable organisation which runs the Wong Tai Sin Temple was established. In 1921, following divine guidance from Wong Tai Sin, the portrait was moved to a temple on the site of the current temple which is considered to have good fung shui with the backdrop of Lion Rock and the temple facing the sea. The temple was a private shrine for Pu Yi Tan Taoists until 1934 when it was opened to the public at Lunar New Year. The temple survived the wide destruction of Hong Kong which took place during the Japanese Occupation in World War II, an achievement attributed to Wong Tai Sin’s powers and in 1956, with government approval, it was opened to the public all year round after the government had initially indicated its intention to reclaim the temple and surrounding area for public housing development. A small admission fee was charged and donated to the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals which still maintains its connections with Sik Sik Yuen.
The present main worship hall was built between 1969 and 1973 and substantially rebuilt between 2008 and 2011 at the same time as the Tai Sui Yuenchen Hall, an underground palace, was built at the temple.
The first “Sik” of “Sik Sik” represents thriftiness, whilst the second means colourful things or human desire. Together the words represent Spirituality, Tranquility, Intuition and Purification and the Sik Sik Yuen religious charitable organisation promotes the worshipping of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism with the guiding principle of “To Act Benevolently and To Teach Benevolence”. Whilst primarily a Taoist temple, Wong Tai Sin also has Buddhist and Confucian worshipping halls. The Sik Sik Yuen is dedicated to medical, education and elderly services and operates clinics and schools as well as providing social services.
The temple complex is entered through a large memorial arch and covers an area of about 18,000 square metres. It is the only temple in Hong Kong which is permitted to conduct Taoist wedding ceremonies and issue mariage certificates.
Visitors to the temple are encouraged to follow a one-way system around the complex which is made compulsory at busy times such as Lunar New Year and Wong Tai Sin's birthday on the 23rd day of the 8th Lunar Month. On Lunar New Year's Eve the temple closes at 5-30pm then reopens at 9pm by which time thousands of worshippers are queuing to rush to the Main Altar at midnight with burning incense sticks since tradition dictates that the earlier the offering is made the better the chance of good luck in the coming year.
Halls & shrines
THE MAIN ALTAR - the splendid main altar of worship to Wong Tai Sin was rebuilt between 1969 and 1973 and renovated between 2008 and 2010. A portrait of Wong Tai Sin stands in the middle of the main altar and wooden sculptures behind the altar depict the story of how Wong Tai Sin became a god. Taoist, Buddhist and Confucian scriptures and images are engraved on the temple walls.The architecture is traditional Chinese in style with large red pillars with gold calligraphy, multi-coloured carvings and a yellow tiled roof. The altar is protected by a statue of the Monkey King which stands outside, to the right of the altar.
MAIN ALTAR PLATFORM - the large open space in front of the main altar is the main worshipping place where worshippers hold bundles of burning incense and bow to Wong Tai Sin three times before going inside to kneel and shake fortune sticks until one fall out. The stick is exchanged for a piece of paper with the corresponding number for interpretaion by a soothsayer and can be taken to one of the 161 fortune telling stalls, run by Tung Wan Group of Hospitals, in the two-storey Fortune Telling and Oblation Arcade at the temple. The main altar platform was renovated and extended at the same time as the main altar between 2008 and 2010.
SECONDARY WORSHIPPING PLATFORM is located at a lower level and connected by a Pai-fong (gateway) and steps to the main platform. The secondary platform contains bronze statues of the 12 Zodiac Animals and was co-designed by specialists in ancient architecture from Sik Sik Yuen and Beijing.
CAICHEN SHRINE - worshipping General Chiu Kung Ming, the God of Prosperity, one of the four guarding Gods of Taoism, said to bring prosperity to wealth chasers.
YAO WANG SHRINE - dedicated to Suen Sze Miu the King of Medicine of Taoism, a famous medical practicioner and Taoist master in the Tang Dynasty. He was named Master Miu Ying posthumously during the Sung Dynasty.
FUK TAK SHRINE - dedicated to To Ti, who are two celestial gods protecting the earth, and according to Taoist scriptures, are the Gods blessings and virtues.
TAI SUI YUENCHEN HALL - opened in 2011, this "hi-tech" underground palace of about 10,000 square feet cost HK$100 million and took three years to construct. It worships the Goddess of Great Dipper, 60 Tai Sui (Protectors for each year of the 60-year Calendral Cycle) and Yuenchen (Gods of the 60-year Calendral Cycle). An entry fee of HK$100 applies. No incense sticks are allowed and worshipping is made "electronically". For a further HK$300 fee worshippers drop written prayers into a small box. An electronic statute related to the worshippers birth cycle lights up and puffs artificial smoke to acknowledge acceptance of the offering. The hall is emblazoned with gold, marble, LED lights and motion detectors. It has a vaulted ceiling with a spectacular dome which digitally replicates the Hong Kong sky and rotates in accordance with the seasons. Two HK$3 million floor-to-ceiling marble and rare gemstone wall hangings adorn the entrance.
THREE SAINTS HALL - is where three Taoist, Buddhist and Confucian deities are worshipped. Master Lui is the deity of Taoism, Guan Yin is the bodisattava of Buddhism and Guan Di is commonly worshipped by believers of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism.
YUELAO AND COUPLES - statue of Yue Lao, the matchmaker and God of Marriages, and male and female statues.
BRONZE PAVILION - built in 1924 and the resting place of Wong Tai Sin and females are forbidden. The exterior of the pavilion is covered in bronze tiles which represent "Metal" in the Five Elements. Only Taoist masters of the Yuen are allowed to enter the pavilion.
ARCHIVES HALL - built in 1924 as a place for storing religious scriptures but now used as the temple's general office. The building and furniture are mainly of timber construction and represent "Wood" in the Five Elements.
YUK YIK FOUNTAIN - a circular stone fountain comprising seven lotus flowers spouting water, built in 1936 but recently renovated. Represents "Water" in the Five Elements.
YUE HUNG SHRINE - built in 1933, it worships the Buddha of Lighting the Lamp and, painted red, represents "Fire" in the Five Elements and by promoting Buddhism embraces the three religions (with Taoism and Confucianism), having the same roots.
EARTH WALL - built 1938, is a 3-metre structure roofed with blue-green glass tiles. The wall contains scriptures "Ching Ling Po Cave" and "Ji Fu". It represents "Earth" in the Five Elements.
WANG LING-GUAN SHRINE - originally the Po Chai Pavilion, this 2.6 metre tall shrine worships the Taoist God of gate-keeping, Officer Wong Ling. The statue is bronze with stone dragon pillars and sculptures.
Next to the Wang Ling-guan Shrine is a monument marking the collaboration between the Sik Sik Yuen and Tung Wah Group of Hospitals which transferred ownership of the Po Chai Pavilion to the Yuen in 2009.
YEE MUT HALL (MEMORIAL HALL) - rebuilt in 1982 it contains memorial tablets of deceased Pu Yi Tan Taoists.
CONFUCIAN HALL (UNICORN HALL) - is where Confucious, Master K'ung, the grand master of education and thinker of China and his 72 disciples are worshipped. It is said that when Master K'ung was born, a unicorn carrying a Jade passed by led to unicorns becoming known as a metaphor for Confucious.
FUNG MING HALL (HALL OF THE PHOENIX SONG) - opened in 1981 this is a two-storey hall in traditional Chinese palace design with green glass tiled roof. It is used for holding local community activities. During renovation of the Main Altar between 2008 and 2010 it was used as the main worshipping hall.
PO CHAI HALL - Opened in 1981 and previously known as the Medical Block, the two-storey Po Chai Hall contains a herbal clinic on the lower floor which provides free Chinese medical consulation and medicine distribution to the general public. The upper floor serves as offices. The hall was temporarily used as the main worshipping hall during renovation of the Main Altar during 2008 - 2010.
GOOD WISH GARDEN - Opened 1991 is an exotic 5,600 square-metre Chinese-style garden with architectural features resembling a miniature replica of the Summer Palace in Beijing. Pavilions, bridges, pagodas, streams, rocks, ponds and gardens are linked by a long corridor. Within the Good Wish Garden is the STATUE OF SHEEP, donated by the city government of Lan Xi, Zhejiang Province, Wong Tai Sin's birthplace, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Sik Sik Yuen in 1996. The statue is made from white jade and depicts the miracle of Wong Tai Sin transforming piles of white boulders into sheep.
NINE DRAGON WALL - a replica of the famous Nine Dragon mural in Pei Hai Park in the Forbidden City in Beijing. Behind the wall are sculpted the Chinese characters of "Nine Dragon Wall" and an extract from a poem written by the former President of the Chinese Buddhist Association, Mr Zhao Pu Chu.
BENEVOLENCE PREACHING GALLERY - opened in 1996, built in traditional Chinese style, contains modern multi-media installations describing Taoist culture, education and medical services of the Yuen.
FORTUNE-TELLING AND OBLATION ARCADE - a two-storey covered arcade containing 161 soothsayer booths, run by the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, and 41 temple goods stalls selling incense sticks, paper offerings, souvenirs etc. Many of the fortune tellers speak English. Expect to pay from HK$100 up for a fortune telling session.
One of the main reasons that Wong Tai Sin Temple is the most visited and worshiped temple among all the Hong Kong Temples is because it is said that if you make a wish here, the chance that it will come true is very high. Fortune-telling is another main reason the temple is well-known. It is said that the accuracy of the fortune telling in this temple is very high and accurate. When you visit this temple, you will notice people light up worship sticks, kneeing in front of the altar, praying and making a wish and/or shaking a bamboo cylinder containing fortune sticks until one falls out (this procedure or ritual is known as “kau cim (求签）”, literately means “Request a stick”). The worshiper will exchange the fortune stick for a piece of paper with a number on it. With this piece of paper the recipient will find one of the many soothsayers next to Wong Tai Sin Temple who will interpret the fortune for the worshiper. The whole procedure is quite interesting to watch and make you think about traditions, fate and the probability of the fortune-tellers predictions.
The busiest times at the temple are around Chinese New Year, Wong Tai Sin’s birthday (23rd day of the eighth month – usually in September) and on weekends. Getting to the temple is easy. From the Wong Tai Sin MTR station, take exit B2 and then follow the signs or the crowds (or both).
Insider Tips: The probably best time to visit Wong Tai Sin Temple is around 9:00am in the morning or late in the afternoon during a weekday. Then most of the (Mainland Chinese) travel groups are gone and you have enough time and space to take a closer look at all the different halls and shrines. In addition, please note: The busiest and most crowdie days are on Chinese New Year’s Eve & holidays, Wong Tai Sin’s birthday (23rd day of the 8th lunar month) and the days from January 1st to 15th. Unless you love to be in a crowd of thousands of people, we would recommend avoiding these days. In addition, we also would avoid the typical weekends due to the fact that Wong Tai Sin Temple can get pretty crowed on these days as well.
Last but not least, we would like to point out some nearby Attractions so you can maximize your stay and time in Hong Kong. For all of you who need something to eat, drink or some place to sit down and cool down there is a shopping mall just above the Wong Tai Sin MTR station. In close proximity to Wong Tai Sin Temple are the Kowloon Walled City (take the MTR to Lok Fu), Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden (both located at Diamond Hill MTR station). Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden is another great place that worthwhile to pay a visit. Although it is not as well-known as Wong Tai Sin Temple, it is not less spectacular.
Above the Diamond Hill Station is Plaza Hollywood shopping mall which is also a good place to grab some food or drinks. For all of you like Vegetarian Food you can have a look. Please refer to our itinerary suggestion who to combine these attractions in the best way
The Bottomline: Is it worthwhile to visit Wong Tai Sin Temple? Well, if you are interested in things like fortune telling and getting to know more about different religions such as Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, or different culture in China, then you definitely will enjoy this temple. For all of you who are not so keen about religion and fortune-telling it might still quite worthwhile to have a look. Wong Tai Sin Temple is located right in-between high-rising residential buildings. The mixture and contrasts of the skyscrapers and the old temple architecture is what makes Hong Kong a place where East meets West
Worshippers are advised to bring only nine incense sticks into the temple and proceed first to the designated incense burning area which is adjacent to the Secondary Worshipping Platform next to the Benevolence Preaching Gallery. Three sticks can be offered at each of the three offering areas in front of the Main Altar, Three Saints Hall and Yue Hung Shrine.
There is a suggested one-way route around the complex for visitors. This is, however, only strictly enforced at very busy times such as Lunar New Year.
OPENING HOURS - 7am to 5-30pm daily*, except the Good Wish Garden which opens from 9am to 5pm daily and the Tai Sui Yuenchen Hall which is open 8am to 5pm daily*.
* at Chinese New Year's Eve Wong Tai Sin Temple closes at 5-30pm and .reopens at 9pm and stays through the night and until 6-30pm on the First Day of Chinese New Year, The Tai Sui Yuenchen Hall is closed on Chinese New Year's Eve and Chinese New Year's Day.
ADMISSION - there are no formal admission charges for visitors for entry to Wong Tai Sin Temple, except fot the Tai Sui Yuenchen Hall, but donation boxes are located throughout the complex. The admission fee for entry to the Tai Sui Yuenchen Hall is HK$100.
MTR - Wong Tai Sin Station (Kwun Tong Line), exit B3 leads directly to the temple.
The following bus routes stop on Lung Cheung Road, close to the temple;
- A29 Airport - Po Lam
- E22 AsiaWorld-Expo - Lam Tin
- E22A Asia World-Expo - Tseung Kwan O (Hong Sing Garden)
- 2F Cheung Sha Wan - Tsz Wan Shan (North)
- 3C China Ferry Terminal - Tsz Wan Shan (North)
- 80 Kwun Tong Ferry - Mei Lam Estate
- 84M Chevalier Garden - Lok Fu
- 89 Kwun Tong MTR Station - Lek Yuen
- 89B Kwun Tong MTR Station - Sha Tin Wai
- 258D Lam Tin MTR Station - Po Tin
- 259D Yau Tong MTR Station - Lung Mun Oasis
- 268C Kwun Tong Ferry - Long Pin MTR Station (North)
- 269C Kwun Tong Ferry - Tin Shui Wai Town Centre
The following bus route serves Lung Wai House (close to Wong Tai Sin MTR Station), opposite side of Lung Cheung Road to Wong Tai Sin Temple;
9 Star Ferry Pier Bus Terminus, Tsim Sha Tsui - Ping Shek
The following bus routes serve Wong Tai Sin Bus Station, about 5 mins walk from Wong Tai Sin Temple;
- 11 Kowloon MTR Station - Diamond Hill MTR Station
- 82X Ravana Garden (Sha Tin) - Wong Tai Sin
- 85M Kam Ying Court (Ma On Shan) - Wong Tai Sin
Reviews by visitors
This is the most popular temple in Hong Kong. It's very easy to get here. Just take the green MTR line and stop at Wong Tai Sin station, the temple is just a few steps up. Locals and religious people from all over the world come to pray here. Make sure to burn some incense for the gods. And if you have a life question or personal issue, let Wong Tai Sin help you. Shake the bamboo case with sticks, destiny will pick a stick for you. With the number you go to one of the hundreds boots and let your fortune be foretold. Whether you're a believer or not, it's fun to do. Fortune telling is about 25-30 HK dollar. The temple is very crowded because of it's popularity, but most people don't go further than the temple. If you go deeper there is a nice garden where you can rest and have a sip of water. And if you wan't more of this serenity, just take the MTR one stop further to Diamond Hill, and visit Nan Lian Garden.
This is one of beautiful temples in Hong Kong. It also has a beautiful garden inside, very peacefully. Grab a MRT to Wong Tai Sin station to experience this place!
it was very conveniently accessible by MTR, and being one of the more famous temple, I went to pray and soak in the atmosphere. it was nice enough, lots of people. some of the statues along entrance is special, in that it follows the Chinese horoscope and very seldom do ones see it depicted as such.
Very easily to reach via the MTR. Fantastic statues for your birth year to get a memorable photo with. Obviously it is always very busy just go with the flow. Several magnificent temples ,pavilions and a mural of deities & demons on site to see and marvel at . Complete the experience with a visit to the tranquil garden to recharge before emerging into the reality of the hustle & bustle of HK
Wong Tai Sin Temple is very easy to get to from the MTR station of the same name. It's a bit jarring when you first arrive to see a mall attached to a temple, but there it is. A short walk to the temple and past the merchants selling "worship items" and you'll be in the entrance of the temple. Contrary to other reports, there is no fee to get in, but donations are encouraged.
The main part of the temple is where you will see many people praying to various deities, as well as the fortune tellers. There is some beautiful artwork in this temple that is not to be missed, including some of the most beautiful "foo dogs" or temple lions I've ever seen.
Keep walking the grounds and you will find other temples, as well as a lovely "good luck garden" that includes a beautiful water garden. I visited on a rainy day so it wasn't very busy, but it was still quite beautiful.
We came here on Saturday’s afternoon and the temple is crowded. There are 12 Chinese zodiac statues and beautiful architectures for us to take pictures. There is a shopping mall beside the MTR station.
1) Take MTR to “Wong Tai Sin” station.
2) Consider buying joss-sticks before proceeding to temple and it costs HKD10 for about 20 joss-sticks (nearby shops).
This is a must do. It rained during our visit but did not take away from the experience. There was a dragon dance while we were there, just awesome and the temple is wondrous, really enjoyed it here, had my fortune told during the worst of the rain - watch out here, the first person I went to wanted to charge twice as much as what I ended up paying, both were advertising fluent English and the fort lady was really pushy, the gentleman who told my fortune was very pleasant, even if he tells every tourist the same thing it was kinda fun and if what he said is right things are looking good.
Easy to get to on the trains and a good shopping centre next door, called the temple market, great eateries in here.
Like they say at Nike: just do it.
The temple is location just outside the Wong Tai Sin MTR station and is worth seeing if you are in the area. It is very touristy, crowded and loud with vendors and fortune tellers as compared to other serene temples we visited. The temple itself was beautiful but It was quite the scene watching all the people light the incense sticks and pray. We just stood off to the side and took it all in. We were on our way back from the Nan Lian gardens so it was a short detour to get here. I wouldn't go out of my way to visit this one.
This tempe is definitely worth a detour if you are nearby. We visited on a hot Sunday afternoon and the place was full of people. Beautiful buildings, interesting statues, lots of joss sticks - and it is very close to the MTR station. We were in a bit of a hurry and didn't have enough time to look around; next time I'm in Hong Kong I'll definitely return (but at a time of the day that is more bearable temperature-wise).
This temple is great, beautiful and serene place for worshipping. Only drawback is once you have drawn your lot, you will need to walk a distance to this huge area of business area where fortune tellers will tell you your fortune or to explain your lot for a 'fee'. Isn't this kind of thing supposed to be free?
We are on a Grand Circle Travel 20 day tour of China
This temple is a colorful example of a traditional Chinese place of worship; where the mixed religions of Buddhism / Taow / Confucianism are all practiced side by side.
The Chinese do not routinely go to temples, but twice a year (Chinese New-year, and the end of the Western year). They are not into social group prayer; rather individually within short meditation to a specific belief at a home alter area.
Interesting observation at the Buddhist section of the temple, is where individuals bring in burning incense sticks, along with some fruit or meat offering.
They pray for a little while asking the Buddha a question (example = about marriage / health / what to do about something), then rent a box filled with 100 numbered sticks; shake the stick box until one stick jumps out.
They then take the stick # and their question to a fortuneteller. With the fortuneteller’s interpretation, they go back to the prayer area and throw the two colored Buddha lips (two pieces of wood shaped like lips with red on one side and black on the other), asking the Buddha if the fortune tellers response is correct (Yes if both lip color come up the same color on the toss). They then take their offering back home to share in a family dinner, as the offering is now blessed by the Buddha.
This was our first visit to a Buddhist Temple and was very interesting, in terms of the architecture, the buildings, the gardens, the bonsai and that it was a temple where people were worshiping whilst we visited.
If you want to see human beings on exhibit, visit this temple. You will see hundreds of them having their photos taken by others, with selfie sticks, leaning against statues etc. What you will catch a glimpse of in the background is some beautiful temple buildings. It wasn't the respectful walk through temple grounds I'd hoped for - it was a bit more like a fun fair. There are also 100 plus permanent fortune teller stalls on the grounds.
Located at Wong Tai Sin station, this is just another Chinese temple. May consider to stop by if you're heading to Diamond Hill Station for Nan Lian Garden. It's along the same MTR route. Just some photography here and there and there's a shopping mall nearby.
Temple is easy to get to. It is very organised, with 3 praying location clearly marked. Went early in the Morning..which is good thing to start the day.
Visited Wong Tai Sin Temple located on Kowloon. Nearest MTR is Wong Tai Sin (黄大仙). The one and only temple in the world dedicated to Wong Tai Sin. No other Wong Tai Sin Temple or Shrine elsewhere.
Lots of devotees kneeling and praying in front of the main temple, asking for good luck and fortunes. There were the 12 animals of the lunar horoscope.
There was a wishing fountain and well too. There were numerous fortune tellers.
Worth a visit to experience Hong Kong people way of life. Expectation needs to be managed. For those who enjoy shopping there was mall next to the temple.
I looked forward to visiting this temple, recommended by a local friend, but the day I was there it was thronged by Chinese tour groups. It's easy to reach; the Wong Tai Sin MTR station is literally right below it. I found it interesting but only found a peaceful place when I left the main part of the temple complex and moved into the garden on the right hand side of the entrance, where the tour groups didn't seem to go. There the views were lovely and more what I had anticipated from my friend's description. That garden was also much larger than it seemed when I entered it, NB. So I recommend that all visitors be sure to explore the garden as well as the temple itself.
Want to see a traditional Chinese temple but short of time? Visit Wong Tai Sin! Want to visit a Chinese garden but short of time? Visit Wong Tai Sin! Wong Tai Sin is a taoist temple with some other religious figures in separate smaller temples all on a huge complex surrounded by beautiful chinese gardens. Easily accessible from Wong Tai Sin MTR station, and it's free. You will get to see plenty of locals coming along to make their wishes and prayers, as well as shed loads of tourists too. Inside there are also some beautiful statues of the 12 chinese zodiac animals, so check em out! The gardens are beautiful and worth a stroll and are really peaceful. There is also shopping mall right next to the temple complex where you can get a coffee or a bite to eat, or just to cool down in the air conditioning.
The contrast is striking with the Chi Lin Nunnery, one metro stop away. Wong Tai Sin temple is the embodiment of popular piety, with rows of fortune tellers, rubbing of bronze statues of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac and much incense burning. The crowds can at times be overwhelming and the place is usually very busy. The attached Chinese garden is not particularly sophisticated but does the trick and provides nice spots to stroll and enjoy the atmosphere. The temple is just outside the MTR station by the same name.
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