I’ve never been to all the temples in Hong Kong bur so far, among the ones I’ve visited, this is probably the grandest temple I have visited. From the entrance, there is a walkway that slopes upward. There’s a water fountain in one of the gardens. A few steps going up lead to the colorful main temple with an open square where devotees pray and worship. The temple sits in an 18,00 square-meter lot that is located in a serene setting within the metropolis. What makes Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple a popular place is that it allows three major religions in China, which are Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism, to be practiced in this temple. Believers say that if you pray earnestly to the gods, your request would be granted. The temple got its name from a monk named Wong Tai Sin who believed to have become a deity at Heng Shan or Red Pine Hill in his afterlife.
Then in 1915, Ling Ren-an, who was a Taoist priest, brought in from Guangdong to Hong Kong Wong Tai Sin’s sacred picture. Wong Tai Sin’s photo can now be seen displayed at the main altar of the temple where faithfuls come and pray. Apart from the altar, there is also the Three Saints Hall that displays the gods Lu Zu, Guan Yin and Guan Di. Across the temple is the Wong Tai Sin Fortune-Telling and Oblation Arcade where fortune-tellers, some of them offer English services, line up to wait for customers who want to know their future. It’s easy to go to Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple. Just rake the MTR and get off at the Wong Tai Sin Station and exit at B2 or B3 and you will find at the gate of the temple.