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Wong Tai Sin Temple

Wong Tai Sin Temple, is a Taoist temple established in 1921. The temple is located on the southern side of Lion Rock to the north of Kowloon, Hong Kong. The 18,000-m2 (180,000 square ft) Taoist temple is famed for the many prayers supposedly answered there (It is said that "What you request is what you get") via a practice called "Kau Cim".

It is one of the most famed temples in Hong Kong and popular among Chinese living in Southern Asia, Europe, and America. Wong Tai Sin Temple is named after Wong Chuping. At the age of 15, he began to follow Taoism. It is said that after forty years he received enlightenment and became immortal. From that time onwards people call him Wong Tai Sin.

It is believed that he punishes evil, heals the wounded, and rescues the dying. The power of Wong Tai Sin extended from Guangdong Province to Hong Kong in the early years of 20th century. He is said to have granted whatever the worshippers have prayed for, with mercy and power.

Hong Kong Wong Tai Sin Temple  Wong Tai Sin Temple Hongkong
The gate of Wong Tai Sin Temple The building inside the Wong Tai Sin Temple

The architecture resembles traditional Chinese style. Majestic red pillars, a splendid golden roof adorned with blue friezes and yellow latticework, and glorious multi-colored carvings - all this you will get to see in the temple. The temple also contains the Nine Dragon Wall model of the well-known Nine Dragon Wall in Beijing, and the Good Wish Garden, which is a bit like a small version of Beijing's Summer Palace.

This is a particularly popular spot to visit during the Chinese New Year and in celebration of Wong 's birthday, which is on the 23rd day of the eighth lunar month.

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