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Wong Tai Sin Temple and Chi Lin Nunnery

Situated amidst high-rise buildings in the foothills of Lion Rock, Kowloon is Wong Tai Sin Temple, a Taoist temple famous for answering prayers. Everyday hundreds of worshippers come to the temple to seek advice on all sorts of matters from the Chinese deity.

The temple has housed Lu Dongbin, Guan Yin, and Lord Guan in the Three-Saint Hall. It also has a collection of  Confucian, Taoist, and Buddhist literature.  Most of the visitors come to the temple to light incense sticks and pray for the best of their future. There are also ones who come to seek answer by "kau cim", a practice in search for spiritual answers.  The practice began by kneeling before the main altar and shake a bamboo cylinder containing fortune sticks until one falls out. Each stick carries a number for soothsayers to exhange with the corresponding paper that contains a passage for him to interpret visitor's fortune. Taoist weddings can also be performed in this temple. 

How to get there?

MTR:  Wong Tai Sin Station Exit B2. 

 

 

Also visit nearby Chi Lin Nunnery at Diamond Hill, it is a large Buddhist temple complex covering more than 33,00 square metres (360,000 square feet) of space. The Nunnery was founded in 1934 and was rebuilt in the 1990s based on traditional Chinese architecture from the Tang Dynasty.  The complex includes a nunnery, temple halls, Chinese gardens, visitor's hostel and a vegetarian restaurant.  The structure of the nunnery creates a sense of quiet and a lightness of being.


How to get there?
MTR:  Diamond Hill Station Exit C2. 

 

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