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Tam Kung Temple - A Historic Temple in Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong

Tam Kung Temple - Shau Kei Wan, Hong KongThe Tam Kung Temple in Shau Kei Wan, in the Eastern District, is a small shrine dedicated to Tam Kung, a Chinese deity only worshiped in Hong Kong and Macau. According to legends, Tam Kung was born in Huizhou Prefecture during the Yuan dynasty (1271–1368). At a very young age, he already exhibited extraordinary powers including the ability to command the wind and air, forecast weather and heal the sick.

Helping mostly fisherfolks, Tam Kung eventually became an immortal and the patron saint of fishermen at the age of twenty. Built in 1905, the Shau Kei Wan temple is said to be the oldest temple erected in honor of Tam Kung. Local residents raised funds to build the small shrine which underwent several renovations afterwards. Today, it is listed as a Grade I Historic Building in Hong Kong.

Inside the century-old temple is a statue of the youthful Tam Kung. Also on display are a small wooden junk and a dragon boat. The altar, bell and stone tablet were said to date back to the Qing dynasty (1644–1911). Outside the temple is a boulder believed to be the seal of Tam Kung.

During Tam Kung's birthday, celebrated every 8th day of the 4th month in Chinese calendar, festivities which include a play, parade and dragon dance, were held in the temple to honor Tam Kung. Fishermen and seafarers come to the temple to pray for safety and good luck during the coming year.

Other temples in the deity's name can be found in the island of Ping Chau and in Happy Valley. There is also one in Macau.

The temple located in Tam Kung Temple Road in Shau Kei Wan. To get there, take MTR to Shau Kei Wan Station, get out at Exit D1 and follow Tung Hei Road and walk for about five minutes.

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