Visit historic temples

Hong Kong Travel Guides / September 19, 2016
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What
Hong Kong is a city of mixed cultures where people of different religions and beliefs harmoniously co-exist. As such, places of worship have their lives across the city.

Historic Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian temples are among Hong Kong’s most visited places. These hundred-years old cultural treasures are regularly packed with tourists and faithful devotees.

Activities at these temples peak during religious festivals.

Why
Everybody deserves some quiet time amid the frenzy of activities in Hong Kong.

Visiting temples is a great way to learn more about the culture and heritage of the locality. Hong Kong temples offer an opportunity to express our faith and reflect, or simply appreciate the design aesthetics.

There are a number of beautifully designed temples in the city. Some may not be as popular as the others but you can easily find them if you follow the scent of incense.

Most popular temples in Hong Kong
Man Mo Temple is one of the oldest temples in town. Built in 1847, the temple remains as one of the city’s most revered place of worship. It doesn’t seem much from the outside but once you step inside, it is like traveling through time into a different date in history.

Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple is arguably the city’s most popular temple. It is located in Kowloon and occupies 18,000 square metres. This worship place is dedicated to China’s three main religions: Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. Explore the man-made garden for some peace and quietness.

Po Lin Monastery in Lantau Island is the home of Tian Tan Buddha or Big Buddha. This Hong Kong icon stands 34 metres high and weighs 250 tons. It is the world’s tallest outdoor seated bronze Buddha statue. Climb 268 steps to get a closer look at the giant Buddha.

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