Grading: Grade 3
Built by the Qing government during the reign of Emperor Daoguang, the Tin Hau Temple was originally situated near Kwun Tong Bay. With donations from nearby villagers of the “Four Mountains”, the temple was renovated in the 17th year of Emperor Guangxu period of the Qing Dynasty. It was destroyed by a typhoon in 1912, and the Tin Hau statue had to be temporarily placed in a hut. In 1941, the temple was restored with funds raised by the villagers. It was, however, demolished in 1947 for the construction of an oil depot. Upon the request of local residents, the government helped rebuild the temple on the current site, and it was opened in the following year.
The current Tin Hau Temple is a two-hall, three-bay structure, built of granite from the old construction. It is the largest existing masonry temple in Hong Kong, showing the abundance of granite in the Cha Kwo Ling area. Apart from the Tin Hau statue in the main hall, the temple is also enshrined with statues of Lo Pan, Guanyin, and other deities. Two massive natural rocks, known as the “child-giving rocks”, are placed in the open space in front of the temple. It was said that infertile couples could successfully have children after worshipping the rocks.
The project is supported by Lord Wilson Heritage Trust.
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