Tam Kung Temple
Tam Kung Temple
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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia1,492 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
This small temple is near Aldrich Bay Promenade and is on the way to the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence. This temple is dedicated to Tam Kung, a sea deity who could forecast weather. It is currently classified as a Grade 3 historic building but had been graded Grade 1 in the past. There is apparently a festival in April or May but it wasn't very busy when I visited. The attendents were quite welcoming, allowed photography without flash and it had a pleasant ambience. I particularly liked the hanging cane incense burners which made a big impression on me here but I didn't really notice at the Man Mo temple. If you enjoy temples and are visiting the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence I recommend visiting, otherwise it is a bit out of the way.
Written 27 February 2023
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Brad
Hong Kong, China1,73,152 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This Tam Kung Temple is located along Temple Road in Shau Kei Wan. It was built in 1905 and is one of the oldest temples in Hong Kong dedicated to Tam Kung (Sea God Lord Tam), a popular deity of stonecutters from Huizhou in the Guangdong Province who moved to the area to work in the quarry industries found here around the turn of the 20th century.

The temple is open from 8am to 5pm daily. What you will find is a traditional two-hall structure with a centre courtyard, covered with a pitched roof. Interior features include three bays, each with shrines and deities. There is an ancient bell and drum, hanging incense coils, model sampan boat and other typical Chinese temple inclusions. The exterior is of grey brick with mural above the entrance and reliefs under the roof ridges.

It is a nice little temple that is well worth giving a few minutes to visit if you are in this area of the Eastern District. It is directly on route to the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence and can be conveniently seen before or after that attraction. If you enjoy seeing historic temples, there are two more in the area. These include the Tin Hau Temple on Shau Kei Wan Main Street and the Shing Wong Temple at the intersection of Shau Kei Wan Main Street and Kam Wa Street.
Written 26 October 2021
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TheOExpress🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇭🇰
Hong Kong, China5,722 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
...on your way to the Coastal Defences Museum (which is closed until next year despite there still being a million signs up) for example, then you should drop in to this beautiful little temple. The vast array of gently burning incense discs hanging from the ceiling is particularly pretty.
Written 14 May 2019
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jack M
New York City, NY1,192 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
Dedicated to Tam Kung, a patron of fishermen, this little temple in Aldrich Bay on Hong Kong Island arks back 100 years to the times when the whole area of Aldrich Bay was nothing but fishing boats and shore shacks, a thing of the past now. Very nice and intimate inside, it is somewhat overshadowed by the MacDonald's restaurant across the street. How times change.
Written 30 December 2018
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China19,631 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Family
We found this small temple on our way to the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defense. There were no other vistors during our time there. It worships the legendary Tam Kung, who was believed to a god-like figure that can cure illness. Interior is just like other Chinese temples in Hong Kong.
Written 4 September 2018
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Tiddy W.
Bangkok, Thailand5,046 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Solo
Peaceful place of worship. Can be accessed by subway Shau Kei Wan station use exit d1 and walk about 5 mins. Historical temple in HK ages over 100 years.

Due to fire last year, the temple is under renovation still now but as my last visit in mid Mar 2017, visitor can visit now by using the side door but maybe encounter some inconvenient.

Open daily around 8am - 5pm
Written 31 March 2017
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kitty C
Hong Kong, China115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Friends
The Tam Kung festival is a very colorful celebration that takes place by the Tam Kung Temple in Shau Kei Wan on Hong Kong Island. Tam Kung Festival celebrate the birthday of the Sea God Tam Kung, traditional celebration of dragons, lion dance, parade, temple worship and offering ceremony is held once a year in April or May, check the internet for the exact day for each particular year. The Tam Kung Temple in Shau Kei Wan can be easily reached with the MTR. It is only a 20-minute ride from the Central MTR station. Thousands of people will line the streets, so go early, it starts around 9am, last until 2 to 3pm. This year, there were more than 50 different organizations sending in bands of dancers, drummers, singers, martial arts performers, children on rollers skates, celebrating the fun filled birthday event. If you are hungry, you can try out many local restaurants nearby which are authentic Hong Kong cuisine at very reasonable in prices e.g. Wanton noodles, Fishball, Congee, seafood, fried chicken, Chinese sweet dumplings dessert, egg tarts, egg waffle, octopus, pigs lungs, etc etc. The nearby wet market sell quality fruit at relatively low prices. Tam Kung Temple is right by the sea shore, so you can also enjoy a stroll along the seashore after the festival.
Written 16 May 2016
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Roberts69
Northampton, UK18,823 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Solo
In Chinese folk legends, "Tam Kung" was one of the gods who could forecast the weather and is a sea deity worshipped in Hong Kong and Macau. This small temple dedicated to Tam Kung in the Shau Kei Wan area of HK Island has origins back to 1905 when it started out as a shrine. It is a fascinating temple with great ambience and has the usual coiled incense burners hanging from the ceiling, (which burn for about 10 days each), and other interesting articles like an old bell, a model dragon boat and temple offerings.

As the other reviewer below me said, it probably isn't worth a special trip to just visit this temple as there are others in Central Hong Kong (like Man Mo) that are more worthy of a visit. However, you do pass it when walking from Shau Kei Wan MTR station to the "Coastal Defence Museum" and therefore it's worth a short stop en route.
Written 5 December 2014
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Brad
Hong Kong, China1,73,152 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Couples
This is a small temple, dedicated to the local deity, Tam Kung that can be found in Shau Kei Wan area. This temple is quite small and offers a similar visit experience to the numerous other temples you can find in more centrally located places on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.

You can stop here on the way to the Coastal Defense museum or afterwards, it is located across the main street, at the beginning of a shipping yard, it is easy to spot across the road and there are underground passages leading in the right direction, lots of familiar purple signs will point you in the right direction as well.

Overall, we only recommend a stop here if you plan to see the very good Museum of Coastal Defense. Otherwise, its too far out to travel out to Shau Kei Wan just to see the Tam Kung Temple. Closest transport is Shau Kei Wan MTR - Exit D1.
Written 16 August 2012
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