Grading: Grade 2
In the past, the colonial government allocated lands for religious groups to establish cemeteries. In 1928, the Hindu community was allocated a site for this purpose. However, the Hindu tradition advocates cremation and the scattering of ashes of the deceased at sea. Upon revision of the terms and conditions for the use of the site, a temple was built by the Hindu Association of Hong Kong at its current address on Wong Nai Chung Road. The temple, completed in 1953, was the first Hindu temple in Hong Kong.
Currently, there are about 100,000 Hindus in Hong Kong. For them, the Hindu Temple is an important place for religious and social activities. In this three-storey temple, there are three shrines dedicated to different Hindu deities. Apart from being a place of worship, the temple also serves as a venue for festive celebrations, weddings, oath-taking, and funerals. At the back of the temple is a small Hindu cemetery, where the earliest grave is dated 1888.
The project is supported by Lord Wilson Heritage Trust.
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