Fun Culture in the Temple

People always say that Hong Kong is a place where East meets West. To foreigners, temple culture is probably one of the most amazing traditions. Did you know that the famous Temple Street in Yau Ma Tei was named after a Tin Hau (Goddess of the Sea) temple? Let’s visit the temple and see if you know the features there.

This Tin Hau temple is for the worship of the Goddess of the Sea.

It was built in a traditional Chinese style.

Write your wishes on a piece of red paper and stick it on a lantern. The lantern will light up your wishes.

Hanging incense spirals on the ceiling is one of the ways to pray for happiness and health. The spiral shape allows a much larger piece of incense to burn for a longer time while taking up little space.

Incense sticks are a tribute to the god. In ancient China, people used to burn incense to measure the passing of time.

You can buy incense sticks at the temple counter. It costs around HKD8 for a small pack and HKD10 for a larger one.

Worshippers can make a donation to show their respect for the god.

Some people go to the temple for fortune-telling. They get a fortune cylinder at the praying area and kneel in front of the god statue to show their sincerity. Then they shake the cylinder as they pray. The first fortune stick that drops out delivers the god’s decision.

Pay HKD5 if you want to read your fortune answer sheet corresponding to the number on the fortune stick.

One hundred sticks, one hundred fates.

There are many temples located in different districts of Hong Kong. Drop in to one, and you will definitely find out more.