Sam Shing Temple - Cave of the Kirin

This temple was built in 1914 and opened to public in 1921.
It has about a hundred years of history.
It is also one of the Grade II historic buildings in Hong Kong.

This temple is located on a small hill, overlooking a bay.
This location was chosen because a bronze statue of Kirin was found inside a cave in this place.
Local residents believed that it is a symbol of good omens.
So, they built the temple here and the cave was revered as "the cave of the Kirin".

This temple is called "Sam Shing Temple", originally called "Saint Temple".
The Temple is so named because it is dedicated to three religions and their sages, namely Confucius of Confucianism, Sakyamuni of Buddhism and Lao-tzu of Taoism.
These three sages of religions are commonly known as three saints.

Next to the temple, there is a boulder erected by its side.
According to the inscription records, this boulder marked the previous coastline of Tuen Mun before reclamation.

To get there, you can take the MTR to the Siu Hong MTR Station and leave at Exit C1.
Then, take MTR Light Rail No.505 at Siu Hong Station and get off at Sam Shing Station.
Afterwards, follow the signposts and walk along Castle Peak Road Castle Peak Bay to Sam Shing Temple for about 15 minutes.
The entrance of the temple is located near the Kam Fai Garden.

Location: Sam Shing Temple
Address: Ki Lun Kong, Sam Shing Tsuen, Castle Peak Bay, Tuen Mun, New Territories



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