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2010年11月25日 星期四

Sha Tin Che Kung Temple

If you visit Hong Kong, don't miss this destination. Hong Kong people will visiting the Che Kung Temple every year to pray for happiness.

The Che Kung Temple is located in the Tai Wai area of Sha Tin. It looks more like a Japanese shrine than a traditional Chinese temple. Today, the temple is housed in a modern building (completed in 1993), which replaced the original temple, built more than 300 years ago.

The temple is dedicated to "Che Kung" (General Che), a great soldier who achieved fame by quashing a rebellion in South China during the Sung dynasty. He is said to have accompanied the Emperor when he fled to Hong Kong before the fall of the dynasty. After his death, people began worshipping him for his courage.

Another legend says Che Kung accompanied the last Emperor of the Sung dynasty to Hong Kong, and they settled in Sai Kung. Che Kung was respected by the villagers and after his death, he was raised to the status of a deity. The villagers dedicated a temple to him at Ho Chung in Sai Kung. Today, worshippers flock to the temple to wish Che Kung happy birthday on the second day of the Lunar New Year (January or February).

The temple features a main altar flanked by huge drum and bell. There is also a giant statue of Che Kung at the altar in the main worship hall. Next to this is a fan-bladed wheel of fortune, which, worshippers believe, will bring good luck when turned three times. An addition to the modern temple is a very popular area for fortune-tellers, which can be found to the left of the entrance.

Open to the public from 7am - 6pm daily.