A visit to Hong Kong is never complete without a visit to Wong Tai Sin Temple. Wong Tai Sin Temple, which is also called, as the Sik Sik Wong Tai Sin Temple is perhaps the most famous temple in Hong Kong. It is located in the Kowloon side of Hong Kong.
People go to Wong Tai Sin Temple to pray everything and anything under the sun, and the temple can get a little crowded especially on Sundays. Whenever I’m in HK I always make sure that I visit Wong Tai Sin Temple and pray for different things. Most of the things that I prayed for get answered.
Wong Tai Sin Temple is really more than just a temple; it’s a compound composing of different shrines and/or temples. There are also various walls with arts that have religious significance.
Wong Tai Sin is a popular Chinese Taoist deity who was born as Wong Cho Ping.
Wong Tai Sin directly translates as the ‘Great Immortal Wong’, and he is known for his healing abilities, thus he is largely considered as a god of healing, although, in truth, people go there to pray for anything and everything that bothers them.
Not much is known about Wong Tai Sin’s mortal being Wong Cho Ping. However, it is said that he was born poor and started working as a shepherd at a young age of eight years old. According to the few books that survived that talks about Wong Tai Sin, Wong Tai Sin became an immortal at about the age of 55, this was after he met an immortal 40 years earlier who supposedly saw the purity of Wong Tai Sin’s heart and decided to give him the secret to being an immortal. He supposedly attained his immortality at the Red Pine Mountain. Before he became an immortal it is said that he is able to transform stones into sheep. However, it is not clear why would there be a need for him to transform stones into sheeps.
Wong Tai Sin temple is a shrine, which happens to be a major tourist spot, in HK that is dedicated to Wong Tai Sin. It was said that Wong Tai Sin himself chose the place of the shrine by revealing it to an enlightened Taoist priest. Before the shrine or temple was built in its current location, it used to be in a house near the current shrine. In the older shrine, it is said, is where Wong Tai Sin created a lot of his miracles and gained a big following and popularity.
The main temple or shrine, which is also the biggest in the whole compound, is dedicated to Wong Tai Sin.
However, the government has decided to keep it off limits because believers would always want to touch the image of Wong Tai Sin, thus damaging some parts of the image and of the interior of the temple.
Beside the main temple is the Three-Saint Hall that houses the image of Kuan Yin, Kuan Kong, and Lu Dong Bin. However, like the main hall, this is also off limits from the devotees. There is also a Nine-Dragon Wall, which is copied from the Forbidden City in Beijing.