Tin Hau Temple(Shau Kei Wan)

Tin Hau Temple(Shau Kei Wan), Hong Kong

Tin Hau Temple(Shau Kei Wan)

Tin Hau Temple(Shau Kei Wan)
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There are several Tin Hau Temples in the Hong Kong area; it appears that everyone that visits this temple is rating the similarly named Temple in Kowloon on Public Square and Nathan (I have also been to that temple). This is on the path from the Shau Kei Wan MTR to the Museum of Coastal Defences in Hong Kong. Photos available to be posted.
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China139,470 contributions
One of Hong Kong's long list of temples dedicated to Tin Hau
Oct 2021
There are quite a few temples in Hong Kond dedicated to the goddess Tin Hau (Goddess of the Sea) including this Grade 2 historic temple located along the Shau Kei Wan Main Street in the Eastern District. The temple was originally constructed by local fisherman in 1873 but was unfortunately destroyed soon after by the devastating typhoon that hit Hong Kong in 1874. It was believed the Tin Hau has sacrificed herself to save local people and community and the temple was rebuilt.

Interestingly as well, like other Tin Hau temples in Hong Kong that seem oddly placed in the middle of the city, in the 1870s this Tin Hau temple was on a slope facing the sea. However, because to large scale reclamation works in the 20th century it is now some distance from the present coastline at Shau Kei Wan.

The temple is open from 8am to 5pm daily and is of typical Chinese architecture from the late 19th century. There is a centre hall which leads to the main shrine and deity figure of Tin Hau. This altar is flanked by two wooden statues and surrounded with nice ornamentation. The side halls with additional shrines and deity figures can be seen. You'll see hanging incense coils, ancient drum and bell and other typical features of Chinese temples within as well the outside. The temple exterior is traditional grey brick, there are murals above the doorway, a decorative green-tiled roof with ridge reliefs. You'll also see two smaller than usual protective guardian lions, positioned on the column beams that flank the entrance.

In the end, the Tin Hau Temple in Shau Kei Wan is worth a brief look-see if you are spending time in this area of the city and are interested in historic temples. There are two more nearby that are worth seeing as well. These include the Shing Wong Temple just a couple minutes southwest along the same Shau Kei Wan Main Street and the Tam Kung Temple, which is along the Tam Kung Temple Road, 3-4 minutes walk from here in the direction of the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence.
Written October 27, 2021
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Hong Kong, China3,899 contributions
Neighbourhood temple...
May 2019 • Solo
...which, as with all Tin Hau temples, is very pretty and well maintained. It’s on the small side in comparison to some but makes a worthwhile diversion if you’re nearby.
Written May 14, 2019
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Joseph T
Hong Kong, China2,695 contributions
A popular temple of Goddess for local fishermen
Mar 2019 • Solo
This is an old temple at Shau Kei Wan, which was an old fishing village in Hong Kong. Tin Hau is a popular Goddess widely worshipped by fishermen. It used to be built at the sea shore in late Qing Dynasty but one can hardly see the coast line now given massive reclamation over years. The interior of temple was well maintained. This is not as crowded as other temples & hence nice to walk around but not as much action would be felt out here. Outside the temple is a popular food street & therefore one can stop by here to take a look as well as to enjoy the local food.
Written March 8, 2019
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jameslesleyc
Scotland, UK107 contributions
Little treasure
Nov 2016 • Couples
Discovered this little temple complex by chance, although it is a small temple and won't take long to look around it is still definitely worth a visit. The architecture is beautiful, and is still used for daily worship.
Written December 3, 2016
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Lee-Lynne
Sheffield, UK19 contributions
Nice little temple
Oct 2016 • Couples
Sits on the walking route from the MTR station to the coastal defence museum.

It's a small temple with a nice friendly feel.

Worth popping get in if you're passing but not really worth making a special trip.
Written October 5, 2016
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HKeater
Hong Kong, China30,682 contributions
Living History
Aug 2016 • Family
Tucked between modern buildings and concrete that has now surrounded the once waterfront temple. Still important as a place of worship for locals and visitors alike.
Written August 24, 2016
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Douglas G
Isle of Portland, UK520 contributions
In SKW what next?
Dec 2015
Shau kei wan is a bustling town at the East end of the North coastal strip. I guess it has malls repeating from the rest of HK but an essential transport hub to get off the MTR Ocean line 3 stops before the end, by station is exit A2. The no 9 bus to Shek O and ask for the Dragons back starting point on this route. Many other routes pass through on the main road to the north a bit further on I got the 14 to Stanley every 20 mins from here rather than going back through central.
Written January 3, 2016
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bill329
Hong Kong, China447 contributions
The goddess helping all the fishermen
Jul 2015 • Family
This Tin Hau Temple is one of the oldest establishments in Hong Kong facing the waterfront and safeguarding all the fishermen in and out of Hong Kong Harbor while the island was still just a fishermen village.

Today, the temple is still in the same location but the waterfront is now quite far away!

However, you can still have the good opportunity to try the fish ball noodle just near door.
Written July 1, 2015
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China139,470 contributions
Worth a stop if you are visiting the nearby Museum of Coastal Defences
Apr 2014 • Couples
This is a small Tin Hau Temple which can be visited in route to the excellent Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence in Shau Kei Wan.

Built in 1873 by local fisherman, this is one of many Tin Hau Temples scattered around Hong Kong. Tin Hau is a patron deity for fishing and seafaring villages and is actively worshipped by the people in the Guangdong Province, hence the high density of temples dedications in this part of China.

Historically, This Tin Hau Temple was destroyed shortly after being built by a massive typhoon. Local villagers believed that Tin Hau had sacrificed herself to protect and save the local people so they immediately set to rebuiling the temple in her honour. This is what you find today when visiting this Tin Hau Temple.

Here you can see a typical Tin Hau Temple with main hall and side halls, lined deity structures and shrines for worship. You can also find the expected plaster murals, carvings and wall paintings, lots of incense burning and a peaceful environment.

In the end, this is not a priority temple but is worth a quick visit if you are on your way to the Museum of Coastal Defences and can be conveniently seen in 10-15 minutes.

Hint: You can find this Tin Hau Temple by making your way in the direction of the Museum of Coastal Defences (Exit B1). Just around around 3-4 minutes along the main street and your find the Tin Hau Temple in Shau Kei Wan.
Written September 17, 2014
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