Grading: Grade 2
Known as the Pak Shing Temple, Kwong Fook I Tsz was once described as “hell on earth”. Built in 1856 with funds from a group of Chinese merchants, the temple housed ancestral tablets of the mainland Chinese immigrants who worked and died in Hong Kong. It later offered free medical services to the poor and sick, and received and helped to bury bodies of the deceased. Many seriously ill patients came and spent their last days here.
In 1869, on-site investigations by the government revealed the poor hygiene in the temple, where patients shared the same space with dead bodies and a strong stench of decay filled the air. The conditions of the temple aroused the government’s concern about the lack of medical facilities for the Chinese in Hong Kong. A Chinese medicine hospital — now the Tung Wah Hospital — was built near the temple, laying the foundation of the charitable work of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals that was formed afterwards. For a period of time, Kwong Fook I Tsz was closed for renovation. Managed by the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, the temple retains spaces for keeping ancestral tablets.
The project is supported by Lord Wilson Heritage Trust.
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