The Golden Flower Shrine is one of the numerous temples on the small island of Peng Chau. This colorful shrine sits under a Banyan tree along Wing On Street and was built in honor of the Lady Golden Flower, also refered to as Goddess KamFa, who is believed to grant the wishes of her worshiper's generations of descendants.
According to an ancient legend, the Golden Flower Shrine was built in 1762, the 27th year of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty. Lai, a native villager, went to Peng Chau to look for Chinese herbs for his ill wife. He anchored his boat near the Banyan tree and prayed to the giant rock next to it. Eventually, Lai’s wife was miraculously healed. Grateful for the goddess' intrercession, the couple built a shrine beneath the Banyan tree to honour her.
In another story, the colourful temple was said to have been built with funds from the Peng Chau Rural Committee and a popular Cantonese opera performer named Kwan Tak Hing, who claimed to have seen the goddess in his dreams.
During Lady Golden Flower's festival date, which is the 17th day of the fourth month on the lunar calendar, worshippers flock to the temple and colourful dragon and lion dances were performed.
Expectant mothers also visit the shrine to worship the Golden Flower who is believed to allow them to choose the gender of their unborn babies!
The Golden Flower Shrine is a three-minute walk from the Peng Chau Ferry Pier. From the pier, turn left at the Tin Hau Temple, then turn right into the lane adjacent to Peng Chau Wing On Street.