Pak Tai Temple

Pak Tai Temple, Hong Kong

Pak Tai Temple
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Vicky Silve
Abbadia Lariana, Italy420 contributions
Apr 2021
When you think about Hong Kong, you often think about skyscrapers, chaos and pollution, not temples. But what I loved most in this former British colony are the temples, little islands of peace in a chaotic city. This one hooked me for its altar full of offers of flowers and pottery.
Written July 1, 2021
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom5,165 contributions
Feb 2021
This is the largest temple on Hong Kong island and was built by local residents in 1862 in the Qing dynasty. It is a little tricky to find but it’s not far off Queens Rd in Wan Chai. Entry is free.
Currently the front façade is being restored and is covered in bamboo scaffolding and green netting so you can see very little as you enter. However as soon as you step inside you are immediately struck by a ceiling full of vividly colourful lotus flower lanterns.
The central main hall is dedicated to Pak Tai, god of the sea. He also goes by the pleasingly dramatic name, ‘Supreme Emperor of the Dark Heaven’. A 400 year old and 3m tall copper statue of the god takes central place. He is surrounded by hanging coils of smoky incense, offerings of fruit and flowers and red cloths and is flanked by numerous other gods.
On the left hand side of the main hall, you see a wall full of rows of small dark figures. These are the Tai Sui, 60 planetary gods who are responsible for the years and this is where people may pay their respects and hope for a good year.
GETTING THERE: From Queens Rd East, head up Stone Nullah Lane, past the famous Blue House. At the top of the road, you will come to a playground area and temple is on your left, behind the giant banyan tree.
Written March 16, 2021
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Truthful Reviews
London, UK7,366 contributions
Jan 2021 • Solo
This one is quite nice as the smell of incense is everywhere. On the Wan Chai Heritage Trail very close to the Blue House and Wan Chai market. Head towards triangle street for some great fruit and veg not at supermarket rip off prices.
Written January 20, 2021
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China141,650 contributions
Nov 2020
The Pak Tai Temple is stop (A) on the self-guided Wan Chai Heritage Trail that takes in numerous historical buildings in this area of the city. The temple was built in 1862 and is situated up Stone Nullah Street just south of Queen's Road East.

It is also known as Yuk Hui Temple and is dedicated to Pak Tai (Emperor of the Dark Heaven) who is believed to protect followers against disasters. Opening hours are 8am to 5pm daily and is situated next to a quiet green garden.

It is architecturally similar to other temples from the late Qing Dynasty period, featuring grey brick exterior with decorative murals on the facade. There are two large stone dragons in front as well. The interior is attractive with large 3 metre bronze cast of Pak Tai and other shrines with deities, hanging incense, lanterns, large wooden carvings, ancient drum and bell as well as other traditional items found in Chinese temples.

You can pass by the Pak Tai Temple after visiting the Blue House (stop 4) and Yellow House (stop 5) on the Wan Chai Heritage Trail. The temple is just a few minutes further south along Stone Nullah Street and can be sufficiently visited in no more than 10 minutes.
Written November 18, 2020
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kpiddy
Brisbane, Australia12,000 contributions
Nov 2019
Tucked away in the back streets of Wan Chai is Pak Tai Temple, built in 1862 by local residents it is considered to be the largest temple on the Island. Climbing the few stairs to the entrance of the temple we hesitated to enter, happy to view from the just within the doorway. Inside was full of colour, noise, lights and burning incense, within the central room was the three metre tall copper Pak Tai Statue believed to be casted in 1604, much older than the 157 year old building. To reach the temple, take the MTR to Wan Chai MTR Station Exit A3, head up to and over Queen's Road East into Stone Nullah Lane and walk to the end.
Written December 13, 2019
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Backpacker
San Luis Obispo, CA1,002 contributions
Oct 2019
This temple is charming and is my favorite on Hong Kong Island. Love the trees! Very pretty! It's hidden off a side street, so you most likely won't just happen upon this temple. Find it on a map and go!
Written October 13, 2019
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Ace Media
Toronto, Canada205 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
The temple is located on the main Hong Kong island, about a 15 min walk around Wan Chai area I believe. Hard to find but nothing a little Google Maps couldn’t fix.

It is located in a secluded area up a hill, with mostly industrial/carpenter style shops in the alley.

Once you reach the temple, the entrance captures the eye with its traditional art, dragon statues and mandarin orange plants. Gorgeous cultural entrance leads into the temple premises where you’re free to take photographs and buy local art.

Very picture worthy and pro-Instagram scenic temple, while you can enjoy the backdrop of tall yesteryear Hong Kong apartment complexes.

Written April 28, 2019
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China141,650 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
This is one of the interesting Chinese temples to visit in Wan Chai if you are sightseeing in this area of the city. Opening hours are 8am to 5pm daily and is located at the end of Stone Nullah Lane a couple minutes walk past the Blue House.

Pak Tai is a Grade I heritage building that was constructed in 1863. It is dedicated to the Pak Tai (Emperor of the dark heaven) for whom followers believe uses his spiritual powers to protect against disasters.

It is of typical 19th-century Chinese temple architecture with grey brick exterior, nice murals above the entrance, tiled decorative roofing. See the dragons upon the roof as well as the nicely carved stone dragons to the sides of the entrance.

The interior features a centre shrine with a 3 metre tall bronze cast of Pak Tai. You'll find tribute items left by worshippers, hanging incenses, lanterns, copper bells and other deity figures and features worth viewing.

In the end, Pak Tai is a somewhat isolated and a tad bit tricky to find so best to consult Google maps and mark this one on your hand map before setting off to look for it. It is just next to the Stone Nullah Lane public garden at the top of Stone Nullah Lane. If you find the garden, you'll have found Pak Tai Temple as well.
Written April 6, 2019
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Hong Kong, China3,914 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
...as I thought I had seen all of the city’s best temples already. This is beautiful and atmospheric in equal measure, both inside and out, much more so than many better known temples on the island.
Written March 10, 2019
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Tamsin H
Sydney, Australia390 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
Beautifully located temple by the sea. A little run down and grubby but wow what a wonderful view! Set in a wonderful park in Stanley.
Written January 31, 2019
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