Hung Shing Temple

GFHC 1045--Sea and Aberdeen

Hung Shing Temple

Hong Kong Island Hong Kong

Created By: GFHC1045 WEEK 6


Hung Shing Temple in Ap Lei Chau is a Declared Monument. It was probably built in 1773 to
worship Hung Shing (A deity for protecting fishermen and sea traders). The Temple is one of
the few traditional temples in Hong Kong that still keeps its original Fengshui setting (seaoriented and "Dragon Pillars"). With the increase in population, the Hong Kong government
built a police station in 1891 on the coastal hills of Aberdeen. Still, the residents of Ap Lei
Chau were unhappy because the police station was in "tiger land", like "The tiger descends
the mountain", facing the Hung Shing Temple, affecting the feng shui of Ap Lei Chau. Later,
the feng shui teacher suggested erecting two wooden pillars about 15 meters high in front of
the Temple, painted with dragon-shaped patterns, to defuse the evil spirit of the police
station. Residents call this pair of wooden pillars "Dragon Pillars", also known as "Dinghai
Shenzhu"; they are the only ones in Hong Kong.

This point of interest is part of the tour: GFHC 1045--Sea and Aberdeen


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