Che Kung Temple (Che Kung Miu) is a Grade II historic building located in Tai Wai, Shatin.
Originally built in the 17th century, it is not open to the public anymore but the new temple was built in 1994 and is more than eight times the size of the original temple and is in the Japanese style and the authenticity of the original temple has been lost. However it is still one of the most visited temples in Hong Kong.
Che Kung Temple's Highlights
Che Kung was a general in the Song Dynasty. Many believed that he saved the Song dynasty from Genghis Khan's invasion and beside his successes in battle he knew how to cure diseases. After his death, a small temple was erected in Sai Kung to honour him.
During the Ching Dynasty, cholera broke out in Shatin. At that time many of the village people believed that building a Che Kung temple would stop the disease from spreading. They made a statue of Che Kung and started worshiping him. Right after the opening of the temple, the cholera stopped. Since then, worshipers come visit on New Year and Che Kung Festivals to pray for health and fortune. In the main hall you will find a statue of Che Kung. Three fan-shaped wheels of fortune are set on the table in in front of the statue. Many believe that by turning the fan blade around, you can turn your fortune around. On the two sides of the temple there are a drum and a giant bronze bell.
If you want to know more about your future, you can “Cau Chim” here. There are fortune tellers that can interpret the meaning of your “Chim”. You can also buy incense sticks and fruit from street vendors outside the temple. Some other vendors sell pin wheels and Fai Chun. There is no entrance fee for the temple but a small donation is recommended as it is the only income of the temple.
Good to Know about Che Kung Temple
Most people visit Che Kung temple on the four annual Che Kung Festivals – the 2nd day of the first lunar month, the 27th day of the third lunar month, the 6th day of the sixth lunar month and the 16th day of the eighth lunar month. At least 100,000 people visit the temple on the 2nd day of Chinese New Year, which is also Che Kung's birthday.
A normal way to wish for good luck is to hold three incense sticks with you hand and bow three times to the Che Kung statues. After that turn the fan-bladed wheels and beat the drum. You can also buy offerings like roast pork, chicken and fruit.
Che Kung Miu
- Opening Hours: 07:00 - 18:00
- Location: Che Kung Miu Road, Taiwai, Shatin
- Remarks: Hong Kong Heritage Museum is another attraction nearby Che Kung Temple
- How to get there: You can reach the temple by the MTR's East Rail Line (Tai Wai station) or Ma On Shan Line (Che Kung Mui station)