Wong Tai Sin Temple is a Taoist shrine located on the southern side of Lion Rock in the north of Kowloon. It was built in 1921 in honor of Wong Tai Sin, a humble shepherd from Zhejiang province who was revered by locals for healing the sick and helping the needy. He was considered a living deity until his death.
The temple, which is also a Grade II historic building, is popular all over Hong Kong because a lot worshipers who pray here claim that their wishes were granted. The complex is comprised of several structures including the ornate main altar with red pillars, gold ceilings and decorative latticework.
Other halls include the Bronze Pavilion (where women are not allowed entry), the Archives Hall, the Earthly Fountain, the Yue Hing Shrine where the Buddha of the Lighted Lamp is worshiped, the Unicorn (Confucian) Hall where Confucius is worshiped, and the Three Saints Hall dedicated to three deities namely Lu Zu, Guan Yin and Guan Di.
There are also several memorial archways and a replica of the Nine-Dragon Wall in Beijing. Adjacent to the temple is a beautiful garden called Good Wish Garden with rock formations and waterfalls flowing into a lotus pond.
Aside from praying, burning incense and making floral offerings, people also flock to Wong Tai Sin Temple to take a peek into their fates by seeking the help of numerous fortune tellers who hold business in the area.
Managed by a Taoist organization called Sik Sik Yuen, the temple is open from 7:00am to 5:30pm throughout the year, and runs overnight in the Lunar New Year Eve.