Lin Fa Temple or Lin Fa Kung (Lin Fa means Lotus Flower in Cantonese) is a small temple located at the end of Lin Fa Kung Street, in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island. The temple was originally built during the Qing Dynasty in 1863 and dedicated to the worship of Kwun Yam (also known as Kwan Yin or Guanyin), the Chinese goddess of mercy.
Listed as a Grade I historic building, the temple is now a popular tourist attraction because of its unique architectural details. Unlike most temples in Hong Kong which feature a square or rectangular configuration, the Lin Fa Temple has a three-sided facade highlighted by a central balcony flanked by two 12-feet high pillars. It also has a traditional Chinese tile roof.
The temple's interior is decorated with colorful murals of flying dragons and phoenixes. Numerous lotus flower lamps can be seen everywhere in the temple. These lamps are said to bless worshipers and their families with safety and prosperity. The altar is set high above the worshipers and can be accessed by a small stone staircase complete with wooden banisters. Behind the altar is a boulder protruding on the wall.
According to legend, the goddess Kwun Yam appeared frequently on the rock, which was also called Lotus Rock, prompting followers to built a temple in her honor on the rock.
Apart from Kwun Yam, the temple also houses other deities including Tai Sui – Sixty Gods of Time, Wai Tor – Buddhist Temple Guardian, and Choi Sun – God of Wealth.
During Mid-autumn Festival, the Fire Dragon procession is a popular attraction outside the temple. During the festival, a 220-feet long dragon made from straw and stuck with lighted joss sticks are paraded in the streets for three days to protect followers from misfortune.
To get to Lin Fa Temple, enter Tung Lo Wan Road from near the corner of King's Road and Tin Hau temple Road. Walk until you see the entrance to tiny Lin Fa Kung Street. The temple is open daily, from 8am to 5pm.