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On a Prayer at the Wong Tai Sin Temple

Hong Kong

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Wong Tai Sin Temple is one of the most famous temples dedicated to the great immortal Wong .The temple is known for granting any wish the people might have . When the Wong was 15 , he began to follow Taoism . Forty years later , he achieved enlightenment and became immortal . People called him Wong Tai Sin from then on .It is said that he punishes evils , heals the wounded and rescues the dying. His influence spread from Guangdong Province to Hong Kong in early in the early 20th century.With his mercy and his power , he is said to grant whatever is equated Wong Tai Sin Temple is known for it’s fortune telling .The Fortune sticks here are very accurate . many people who visit the temple come to have their fortune told . Generally , worshippers entreat the fate of the same year.They light worship sticks , keel before the main altar , make wish , and shake a bamboo cylinder containing fortune sticks until one falls out. The stick is exchanged for a piece of paper bearing the same number, and the soothsayer then interprets the fortune on the paper for the worshipper. Wong Tai Sin has many worshippers in Hong kong , so the joss sticks and candles burn exuberantly all year round , especially during the Chinese Lunar New Year and Wong Tai Sin’s Birthday -the 23rd day of the eight lunar month.

Wong Tai Sin Temple is called Sik Sik Yuen. It’s architecture is in traditional Chinese temple style, grand pillars , a magnificent golden roof adorned with blue friezes , yellow latticework , and resplendent multi coloured carvings . Aside from the Daxiongbaodian or grand hall , Sansheng hall and the good wish garden are also worth seeing . The ground also feature three memorial archways .The first one stand’s outside the temple and is carved with the name of the temple .If you walk past the soothsayers and the fortune telling stalls , you can see another memorial archway. The temple are the nine Dragon Wall a replica of the renowned Nine Dragon Wall in the Bejing and the good wish garden.

Posted by Anuj Tikku 03:20 Archived in Hong Kong Tagged hong kong

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