Che Kung Temple
Che Kung Temple
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jblaza
Marikina, Philippines717 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
I first learned about Che Kung during my 2018 visit to Hong Kong. I acquired my first windmill pendant that same year. I also have a Che Kung and Windmill prayer card in my wallet. So when I had the chance to travel to Hong Kong in 2023, I made sure to visit the Che Kung Temple in Sha Tin.

We stayed at Hong Kong Island and it was surprisingly easy to reach the Che Kung Temple via the MTR. Our hotel, the Bishop Lei International House, provided a free shuttle service to the Admiralty Station. From there, it was just one ride via the MTR to the Tai Wa Station via the East Rail Line. Travel time was less than an hour. From the Tai Wa Station, the Temple is a short walk away, about half a kilometer.

The temple is built in honor of the Southern Song military Commander Che Kung. He escorted the last Song emperors to Hong Kong as they fled from Mongolian invaders. Residents of Sha Tin erected a temple to him about 300 years ago towards the end of the Ming Dynasty to stop the spread of a local epidemic. It is said that the disease vanished the day the temple was completed. The current temple is a modern construct, though, completed in 1994 and eight times the size of the ancient temple to accommodate the large number of worshippers who flock to the temple. The original temple is still preserved behind the new building and is opened occasionally.

At the right side of the entrance to the temple were tables where incense and charms were being sold. Going deeper into the courtyard, you will be greeted by numerous windmills, which are offerings to Che Kung. It is believed that the one who turns the pinwheel will be granted prosperity and good luck for the entire year.

Inside the temple, four-bladed golden windmills are found beside the enormous golden statue of Che Kung, and they are regarded as “wheels of fortune.” Spinning the golden windmill with the left hand clockwise will continue the good luck from the previous year into the coming year. To counter the bad luck of the prior year and to turn it into good luck for the coming year, the windmill is spun counterclockwise. I had the privilege of spinning the windmill at the foot of the statue of Che Kung clockwise when I was at the temple.

I will return to the Che Kung temple during my next visit to Hong Kong, and perhaps drop by the nearby Hong Kong Heritage Museum and Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery.
Written 30 April 2024
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Michael K
San Jose, CA1,103 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This temple offers many photo opportunities for photographers. The main temple features a huge golden statue facing the worshippers. There is a drum tower and a bell tower on either side of the temple complex. Near the center of the courtyard are two rows of clay statues facing each other. There are also minor gods in smaller altars. Even the roof has interesting figurines of dragons and mythic animals.
Written 1 November 2022
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Brad
Hong Kong, China1,73,427 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I enjoy passing by Che Kung Temple in Sha Tin every once in a while. It is open from 8am to 6pm daily, dedicated to the Song Dynasty General Che Kung and designed in the manner that incorporates Japanese style temple architecture, making it noticeably different to the many Qing Dynasty style temples scattered around the city.

Che Kung is extremely crowded and active during the CNY festival. During the rest of the year, it is peaceful to visit. you will see a large open courtyard with stone figures, large incense burner fronting the main temple building. Within, you'll find an open three hall layout. In the centre chamber, a giant figure of Che Kung is found along with lucky fan-bladed wheel and drum. Hang out for a short while and you will see local worshippers using both. Side chambers are interesting as well.

Overall, Che Kung is a nice temple visit in the Sha Tin area. It is a bit isolated from other sightseeing. Across the river, around 15 minutes walk from here you will find the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. If you are seeking more heritage attractions, the Historic Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre as well as the 10,000 Buddha Monastery (also called Man Fat Sze) are also situated on the other side of the river and Sha Tin MTR Station. You can combine with visits to these places as well.
Written 5 October 2022
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Vicky Silve
Abbadia Lariana, Italy667 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
When you will notice the columns, the first thought which will come across your mind will surely be: “Is that a Chinese temple or a Greek temple?” Then you will notice the flamboyant colours and you will remember you’re in Hong Kong, surrounded by crowd and noises.
Written 3 July 2021
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Brad
Hong Kong, China1,73,427 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
Che Kung is one of Hong Kong's most interesting temples to visit. It is located along Che Kung Miu Road in Sha Tin and is open from 7am to 6pm daily.

Dedicated to Song Dynasty general Che Kung, this temple was originally built around 300 years ago. It was reconstructed and enlarged in 1994 in order to handle the large number of visitors during the Che Kung Festival on the second day of Chinese New Year (CNY).

The present temple incorporates Japanese temple architecture and includes a large courtyard with multiple gate entrance where you'll see deity sculptures and joss sticker burners in front of the large open entrance into the main hall,

Within the large hall, there is a giant golden statue of Che Kung flanked by large drum and bell. There is also a fan-bladed wheel of fortune which worshippers believe will provide good luck if you spin it three times.

An interesting time to visit the temple is during the annal CNY holiday, when large crowds flock to the temple to burn incense, pray and spin the fan-blade wheel for good luck. You'll also see pinwheel stalls in the temple courtyard. While crowds are heavy, visits are manageable for those with patience.

In the end, I find Che Kung to be one of the most interesting and memorable temple visits you can make in Hong Kong. If interested in seeing other great temples in the city, make sure to combine your visit here with that of Man Fat Sze (10,000 Buddha Monastery) also in Sha Tin.
Written 30 October 2019
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Andrew Tsui
San Diego, CA282 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Standard Temple, lots of incense... just a typical find around HK and China. Very grand statue. Temple is very small and shouldn't take a very long time to visit. However, it has been renovated many times. The paint, roof etc. are all recreations and ruins historic feel. Spotted some Graffiti on the walls too!
Written 23 October 2019
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Backpacker
San Luis Obispo, CA967 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Loved it! My 2nd Favorite Temple in all of Hong Kong! I love the huge statue of Che Kung, all incense, etc. I was the only tourist, so it was great!
Written 13 October 2019
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chutchutchut
Bangkok, Thailand120 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Three sure things you’ll see at the temple is tourists coming to the temple praying for blessings and fortune in life.

There’s an incense shoo right in front. The price starts at HK$38 per set. But you can also just walk in and pray without any incense sticks as well.

For those who’s allergic to smoke might need to be extra careful not to get smoke in their eyes. Because there’re incense stick size of a full-grown man for sale. When we got there, there’re like three of them being lightened up. Got teary the whole time we were there. T_T
Written 16 March 2019
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Kasemsuk T
Bangkok, Thailand106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
It took 5 minutes walk from Tai Wai station , MRT. Many tourists came here to pay respect to Che Kung who was believed to have a political role in China history. It’s one of tourist destination.
Written 19 February 2019
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Chutinun T
Bangkok, Thailand120 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Family
We went there by MTR not far from Tai Wai Station. Many Oversea and Chinese came to pray for better life .
Written 13 November 2018
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