Grading: Declared Monument
Situated in Miu Keng in Wo Keng Shan, Cheung Shan Monastery has received few visitors due to its remote location. A bronze bell cast during the reign of the Qing emperor Qianlong in 1789 is the oldest relic in the temple. The inscription on the bell shows that the temple was originally named “Cheung Sang Nunnery”. It is unclear when exactly the nunnery was built. According to a wooden plaque in the temple, the existing building was constructed in 1868 in a redevelopment project. Miu Keng was once a major route providing access from Sha Tau Kok to Shenzhen. It was said that people from the past took this trail to Guangzhou and Beijing for the imperial examinations. It is therefore believed that the nunnery was not only a place of worship but also a resting point for travellers. The nunnery was later converted into a temple dedicated to the worship of Buddha, Guanyin, and Ksitigarbha.
The temple is a two-hall structure built on a small scale, with a plain and simple design. Both the interior and exterior are decorated with plaster sculptures of auspicious animals including bats, deer, and dragonfish, which are rarely seen in other nunneries or temples.
The project is supported by Lord Wilson Heritage Trust.
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