Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple - From Shepherd Boy to Immortal

This temple is a traditional Chinese style temple.
Every parts of the temple are filled with the characteristics of traditional Chinese architecture.
Especially the Red pillars, the blue friezes, the colorful carvings and the golden roof, all of these are most appreciated by visitors and worshippers.

Besides the main altar and the grand hall, there are several other halls and shrines.
Strolling around these different buildings, visitors will encounter and discover various statues of the Taoist religion.

In the temple, some worshippers will light up the worship sticks, kneeling in front of the altar, praying and making a wish.
It is said that if one make a wish in this temple, the chance that it will come true is very high.

Besides, some worshippers will shake a bamboo cylinder, which contains fortune sticks, until one falls out.
This ritual is known as "Kau Cim".
It is a fortune telling practice that originated in China in which the querent requests answers from a sacred oracle lot.
The querent will exchange the fortune stick for a piece of paper with a number on it.
In the temple, there are many professional soothsayers.
They help querents to divine their future by interpreting the piece of paper and charge a fee for every transaction.

In the temple, some soothsayers will offer palm reading or face reading services.
Service fees are dependent on which soothsayer you chose and what fortune you asked.
Some soothsayers will charge very high fees due to their accuracy of fortune telling.
Most of the soothsayers are able to speak in multiple languages, such as Cantonese, Putonghua, English and even Japanese.

This temple is called "Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple".
It is dedicated to the Wong Tai Sin and is being managed by a Taoist organization, called "Sik Sik Yuen".

The original name of Wong Tai Sin was Wong Cho Ping, a young shepherd boy from Zhejiang Province.
At the age of 15, he decided to dedicate his life to Taoism.
Around 40 years later, he achieved enlightenment and became immortal.
From that day on, people started to call him "Wong Tai Sin".
In Chinese, it means "Great Immortal Wong".
Stories about him spread from the Guangdong Province to Hong Kong.
It was said that he will grant whatever is requested.

This temple is one of the most famous temples in Hong Kong.
It is recommended that the best time to visit this temple is in the morning or late in the afternoon during weekdays.
The busiest and most crowded days are on Chinese New Year's Eve Holidays, Wong Tai Sin Festival (23rd day of the 8th lunar month) and the days from January 1st to 15th.
Unless you love to be in a crowd of people, it is recommended to avoid these days.

The temple is open from 7:00am to 5:30pm daily.

To get there, take the MTR to Wong Tai Sin MTR Station and leave at Exit B2.
Once you get off the MTR Station, you will see the temple.

Location: Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple
Address: 2 Chuk Yuen Village, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon

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