Hau Wong Temple

Declared as Grade I historic building in 2014 by the Antiquities and Monuments Office, this temple was built as early as the end of Southern Song Dynasty to early Yuan Dynasty. It was originally a cottage, and the building we see today was built in the 8th year of the reign of Yongzheng, giving it over 200 years of history. There were different stories about who Hau Wong was. The widely accepted story was that he was Yeung Leung Jit, the official from the Southern Song dynasty, helping the last emperor to flea to Kowloon, and the temple was built to commemorate him for his loyalty. The Chinese Temples Committee has been managing the temple since 1928. Between 1847 to 1899 when soldiers of Qing dynasty stationed in Kowloon City, officials paid homage to the temple, thus making it a historic site with direct linkage to the walled city.

The temple is built on an elevated terrace, comprises of the main hall, side hall and garden. The main hall houses Hau Wong, Kwun Yum, and other gods. Relics inside the temple include decorative sculptures on the roof and inside, the Chinese character “goose” in the pavilion and “crane” at back of the hill, and the incense urn which is inscribed with “In front of Hau Wong” by the Qing officials in Kowloon in the 27th year of the reign of Daoguang.

Opening Hours:8:00am-5:00pm (Mon to Sun)
Address:Junction Road, Kowloon
Telphone:2336 0375
Public Transport:MTR - Lok Fu Exit B - follow Junction Road and walk southward for about five minutes.

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