Wong Tai Sin Temple

Gate of Wong Tai Sin Temple, Hong Kong
Gate of Wong Tai Sin Temple, Hong Kong
Wong Tai Sin Temple, a Taoist temple established in 1921, is one of the most famous temples in Hong Kong. It is also renowned among overseas Chinese in Southern Asia, Europe, and America.

Story of History

Wong Tai Sin Temple is named after Wong Chuping. When Wong Chuping was 15, he began to follow Taoism. Forty years later, he achieved enlightenment and became immortal. People called him Wong Tai Sin from then on. It is said that he punishes evils, heals the wounded, and rescues the dying. His influence spread from Guangdong Province to Hong Kong in the early 20th century. With his mercy and his power, he is said to grant whatever is requested. Wong Tai Sin Temple is known for its fortune-telling. The fortune sticks (or lots) here are very accurate. Many people who visit the temple come to have their fortunes told. Generally, worshippers entreat the fate of the same year. They light worship sticks, kneel before the main altar, make a wish, and shake a bamboo cylinder containing fortune sticks until one falls out. The stick is exchanged for a piece of paper bearing the same number, and the soothsayer then interprets the fortune on the paper for the worshipper. Wong Tai Sin has many worshippers in Hong Kong, so the joss sticks and candles burn exuberantly all year round, especially during the Chinese New Year and Wong Tai Sin's birthday, the 23rd day of the eighth lunar month.
Pious worshippers in the temple
Pious worshippers

Interior Structure

Wong Tai Sin Temple is also called Sik Sik Yuen. Its architecture is in traditional Chinese temple style: grand red pillars, a magnificent golden roof adorned with blue friezes, yellow latticework, and resplendent multi-colored carvings. Aside from the Daxiong-baodian or Grand Hall, Sansheng Hall and the Good Wish Garden are also worth seeing. The grounds also feature three memorial archways. The first one stands outside the temple and is carved with the name of the temple. If you walk past the soothsayers and the fortune-telling stalls, you can see another memorial archway. And if you continue further along the third memorial archway standing before you. Memorial archways are a common feature of traditional Chinese architecture. Also at the temple are the Nine Dragon Wall, a replica of the renowned Nine Dragon Wall in Beijing, and the Good Wish Garden, a miniature copy of Beijing's Summer Palace .

Additionally, Wong Tai Sin Temple is the only temple that offers facilities for wedding ceremonies in Hong Kong.

How to get to Wong Tai Sin Temple

1. Take Kwun Tong Line to Wong Tai Sin, and you will see the temple.
2. Take bus 11c, 211, n26 to Wong Tai Sin Temple.
3. Take bus a29, a29p, e22a, e22c, e22p, or e22s to Wong Tai Sin Station, Lung Cheung Road.
Opening Hours 07:00 to 17:00
Entrance Fee Free of charge

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- Last modified on Oct. 24, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Wong Tai Sin Temple
Asked by rida from CANADA | Oct. 24, 2018 12:05Reply
Is Wong Tai Sin Temple open 7 days a week between 07:00 to 17:00?
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Answered by Jason from USA | Oct. 24, 2018 23:05

Except for the Monday.
Asked by C from PHILIPPINES | May. 19, 2017 07:47Reply
How to reach Wong Tai Sin Temple from Chi Lin Nunnery? What's the bus no?
or is it too far to just walk?
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Answered by Hebby from GERMANY | May. 22, 2017 03:50

It’s about 8 kilometers between two places, so you are suggested to take the public bus. You can take bus no.79M at Hammer Hill Road, Outside East Kowloon Chest Clinic Bus Stop and get off at Shatin Pass Road, Outside Wong Tai Sin Shopping Center Bus Stop. Upon arrival, you may walk 50 meters northwards along Shatin Pass Road and go across the Lung Cheung Road to the destination.
Asked by joan from PHILIPPINES | Apr. 21, 2017 11:52Reply
How can we reach the Wong Tai Sin Temple from Royal View Hotel using the MTR?
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Answered by Ruby from CHINA | May. 01, 2017 22:05

You may need to take a bus, and then transfer the metro to the temple. You can walk northeast to Ting Kau Bus Stop and take bus no.234B to Tsuen Wan Railway Station Bus Stop. Then you may walk ahead to take Tsuen Wan Line to Prince Edward Station. Afterwards, please transfer Kwun Tong Line to Wong Tai Sin Station, Exit B3. Upon arrival, you can see the temple directly. The whole trip will cost HK$15.2/person with the duration of around 70 minutes.
Asked by Bernadette santiago from UAE | Nov. 03, 2016 03:29Reply
How to go to Wong Tai Sin temple from Hong Kong disneyland by train and taxi?
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Answered by Emily from FRANCE | Nov. 03, 2016 21:46

By MTR, take Disneyland Resort Line to Sunny Bay Station and take Tung Chung Line to Lai King Station. Then transfer to Tsuen Wan Line to Prince Edward Station and Kwun Tong Line to Wong Tai Sin Station, Exit B3. The duration is 50 mins. And the ticket fare is 20 HKD per person. After arriving, walk north around 100 yards to find the destination.

By taxi, it would cost around 200 HKD for the single trip.
Asked by Arlene from PHILIPPINES | Jul. 21, 2016 09:06Reply
How to reach Wong tai Sin Temple from Imperial Hotel Hong Kong?
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Answered by Edward from CANADA | Jul. 21, 2016 20:58

You are advised to take Tsuen Wan Line from Tsim Sha Tsui Station to Mong Kok Station. Then transfer to Kwun Tong Line to Wong Tai Sin Station, Exit B3. The duration is about 20 mins. And the ticket fare is 8.2 HKD per person. After arriving, walk north around 120 yards to find the destination.
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