Located in the hills of Sam Dip Tam in northeast of Tsuen Wan, Yuen Yuen Institute is a temple complex dedicated to all three major Chinese religions: Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism. It is the only temple of such kind in Hong Kong.
Established in the 1950s by monks from Guangzhou, China, the institute is comprised of numerous temples, pavilions, monasteries and prayer halls amidst beautifully landscaped gardens and tranquil ponds.
Aside from spreading the principles of the three religions, the institute was founded to uphold the eight virtues (i.e. filial piety, respect, loyalty, fidelity, propriety, justice, honesty and honour); and promote social welfare.
Some of its popular attractions are the replica of the Temple of Heaven (Tian Tan) in Beijing which houses 60 statues representing the full cycle of the Chinese calendar and the Hall of Rocks Collection which features unique rocks including those that are naturally-shaped resembling the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac.
Popular events held in the institute include the annual Festival of the Lanterns and the yearly Bonsai and Stone Appreciation Show. It is also abuzz during the celebration of Chinese New Year or Ghost Month (the 7th month of the lunar calendar) where worshipers pray and make offerings to the numerous statues of deities.
The Yuen Yuen Institute is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. To get there, take the MTR to Tsuen Wan, exit the station, and walk five minutes to Shiu Wo Street, then catch green Minibus 81 to To Lo Wai.
Yuen Yuen Institute in Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong Photos