Grading: Declared Monument
The Tangs are one of the Five Great Clans in the New Territories. A number of ancestral halls of the family clan can be found around the region. The one in Ha Tsuen of Yuen Long, built in 1750, is known as Yau Kung Tong, a name that celebrates brotherly love and respect. It is one of the few remaining traditional buildings in Hong Kong with three halls and two internal courtyards — an architectural style commonly used in the Qing Dynasty. Inside the ancestral hall, a number of honorary plaques are displayed on the walls in recognition of the meritorious deeds of the ancestors. A plaque hung at the entrance of the hall commemorates the marriage between the princess of the Song Dynasty and an ancestor from the clan, who was granted the title “Royal Husband” by the Song emperor. To date, the hall remains a place for ancestral worship and ceremonial events.
Other structures in the historic compound include the Guesthouse and Yau Kung School, built in the 1920s. In the former — a place that provided accommodation to guests — an altar for worshipping the deities of literacy and martial valour has been preserved. The latter was built to provide education to children in the village. At its peak, the school had to use part of the ancestral hall as its classroom to seat all its students.
The project is supported by Lord Wilson Heritage Trust.
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