Tin Hau Temple
Tin Hau Temple
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
What people are saying
Brad
By Brad
One of the most interesting Tin Hau Temple experiences in HK
5.0 of 5 bubblesJan 2022
This Tin Hau Temple is part of a five building complex situated directly on Nathan Road in the Yau Ma Tei district of Hong Kong. This is a Grade I historic building and one of the most interesting of the many temples dedicated to Tin Hau, goddess of the city, which you can conveniently visit within the city. Each of the five buildings has a separate entrance, all of which are accessible from public square situated to the westside of the complex. Opening hours are 8am to 5pm daily. Interestingly, Tin Hau Temples were usually built next to the sea and that was the case with this main temple when it was constructed in 1864-65 by local fisherman. The four other buildings adjacent to the centre Tin Hau Temple, were constructed between 1894-1920. These include the Shing Wong Temple and Fook Tak Tsz to the left of the Tin Hau Temple (when facing) and the Shea Tan and School building to the right. Now, the Tin Hau Temple Complex is oddly found plump in the middle of the Kowloon Peninsula. However, one has to remember that massive reclamations have taken place to expand the land area for businesses and residences on the Kowloon Peninsula which is now why the temple complex is now nearly 1 km away from the present day coastline. What you can expect to see is traditional Chinese temple architecture from the late Qing Dynasty period. The exterior of the complex is grey brick and the various temple buildings are adored with Chinese characters above and around the doorways. You will see murals, reliefs, ceramic figurines, green tiled roofing, hanging lanterns and guardian lions fronting the entrances. The interiors offer much of the same that you will find in other temples around the city. Some of the inner halls some still have open courtyards while others are now covered. There are shrines with deity figures and other items of worship. You will see many hanging incense coils, those in the Shea Tan building being particularly attractive. Here you find much use of less seen red coils. Look out for ancient drum and bronze bells, small hanging bells, lanterns, rows of miniature figurines and even a small exhibition area and bookshop in The School building to the far right (south) of the complex. Look for the ancient Men Dang stone carvings placed just outside The School. These are well preserved and nice to view. Outside the Tin Hau Temple complex you can enjoy a very nice public square with tall and mature Banyan trees that are huge and interesting to look at. These provide a lot of shade and relief from the summer heat and sun. You'll find a neat little arch structure that serves as an entrance to the public square. This is actually rather new only erected 10 years ago or so. On the other side of the temple facing Nathan Road, you will also find a small open public space whereby a replica of the famous Nine-Dragon Wall (Beijing) is placed. This is worth a look-see on that side of the Tin Hau Temple Complex as well. In the end, quite a bit to see at this Tin Hau Temple and Complex in Yau Ma Tei, making this well worth 20-30 minutes of your time when exploring this district of the city. If helpful in preparing for your visit, see the Tung Wan Group - Tin Hau Temple Yau Ma Tei webpages for more information about this and other temples under their care and administration around Hong Kong.

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Neighbourhood: Jordan / Yau Ma Tei
The Jordan and Yau Ma Tei neighbourhood is where you will find some of the more authentic areas of Hong Kong. Not as glamourous or busy as its neighbours Mong Kok to the north or Tsim Sha Tsui to the south, Yau Ma Tei is often mistakenly overlooked by visitors on their trips to Hong Kong. Exploring parts of this area makes you feel like you’ve been transported back in time. A large part of the neighbourhood draws from the rich history of Temple Street, stretching from Jordan to Yau Ma Tei, where a mix of dai pai dongs (outdoor restaurants), market stalls, fortune tellers and old karaoke bars bring out the history and culture of the area. The neighbourhood is a showcase of diversity – different ethnicities, cultures, and a mix of old and new.
How to get there
  • Jordan • 8 min walk
  • Austin • 10 min walk
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Brad
Hong Kong, China1,73,427 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
This Tin Hau Temple is part of a five building complex situated directly on Nathan Road in the Yau Ma Tei district of Hong Kong. This is a Grade I historic building and one of the most interesting of the many temples dedicated to Tin Hau, goddess of the city, which you can conveniently visit within the city. Each of the five buildings has a separate entrance, all of which are accessible from public square situated to the westside of the complex. Opening hours are 8am to 5pm daily.

Interestingly, Tin Hau Temples were usually built next to the sea and that was the case with this main temple when it was constructed in 1864-65 by local fisherman. The four other buildings adjacent to the centre Tin Hau Temple, were constructed between 1894-1920. These include the Shing Wong Temple and Fook Tak Tsz to the left of the Tin Hau Temple (when facing) and the Shea Tan and School building to the right. Now, the Tin Hau Temple Complex is oddly found plump in the middle of the Kowloon Peninsula. However, one has to remember that massive reclamations have taken place to expand the land area for businesses and residences on the Kowloon Peninsula which is now why the temple complex is now nearly 1 km away from the present day coastline.

What you can expect to see is traditional Chinese temple architecture from the late Qing Dynasty period. The exterior of the complex is grey brick and the various temple buildings are adored with Chinese characters above and around the doorways. You will see murals, reliefs, ceramic figurines, green tiled roofing, hanging lanterns and guardian lions fronting the entrances.

The interiors offer much of the same that you will find in other temples around the city. Some of the inner halls some still have open courtyards while others are now covered. There are shrines with deity figures and other items of worship. You will see many hanging incense coils, those in the Shea Tan building being particularly attractive. Here you find much use of less seen red coils. Look out for ancient drum and bronze bells, small hanging bells, lanterns, rows of miniature figurines and even a small exhibition area and bookshop in The School building to the far right (south) of the complex. Look for the ancient Men Dang stone carvings placed just outside The School. These are well preserved and nice to view.

Outside the Tin Hau Temple complex you can enjoy a very nice public square with tall and mature Banyan trees that are huge and interesting to look at. These provide a lot of shade and relief from the summer heat and sun. You'll find a neat little arch structure that serves as an entrance to the public square. This is actually rather new only erected 10 years ago or so. On the other side of the temple facing Nathan Road, you will also find a small open public space whereby a replica of the famous Nine-Dragon Wall (Beijing) is placed. This is worth a look-see on that side of the Tin Hau Temple Complex as well.

In the end, quite a bit to see at this Tin Hau Temple and Complex in Yau Ma Tei, making this well worth 20-30 minutes of your time when exploring this district of the city. If helpful in preparing for your visit, see the Tung Wan Group - Tin Hau Temple Yau Ma Tei webpages for more information about this and other temples under their care and administration around Hong Kong.
Written 10 February 2022
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TheOExpress🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇭🇰
Hong Kong, China5,750 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Solo
...of this type of temple in HK, of which are legion. The architecture, decor and atmosphere of the temples were exactly as desired/ expected plus the pleasant, well-used gardens on either side are worth spending time as well. It is really well maintained and the last space on the right as you look at it has even been made into a nice little bookshop that sells some food. Given that it’s run for the benefit of those in poverty in the city too, I suggest you visit and donate what you can!
Written 24 November 2020
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China19,968 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
Tin Hau Temple is one of the oldest religious institutions in Hong Kong. It also marks Yau Ma Tei's transformation from a humble fishing village to a bustling commercial area. The annual Tin Hau Festival is a big event. The open area in front of the temple is a popular hangout place among elder residents.
Written 2 May 2020
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butterflydiva7
Wexford, Ireland511 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Tin Hau temple is near the temple street night market area
It’s dedicated to Tin Hau the sea goddess
Here you will see many incense spirals hanging from the ceiling
You will also see icons
Photos are allowed
Written 1 January 2020
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In Our Time
Brisbane, Australia209 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We were taken here on a walking tour by HK Greeters - Mingo Mok. We could smell it before we could see it - tucked away. HUGE spiral incense burning. Respectfully restrictive for photos but welcoming all the same. Interesting to learn that it is a temple for the Goddess of the Sea yet not on the water today. Built in 1864 - it was - just goes to show how much land has been reclaimed.
Written 9 November 2019
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RayICue
Cornelius, NC4,111 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
I learned the name while there! And lots of other facts that were very interesting, but the incense burning stoke the show. Massive amount of smoke and smell limited my time somewhat. Created a neat atmosphere but I could only stay a short time .
Written 28 October 2019
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Robert L
Atlanta, GA20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Our marvelous guide Victor (separate review of him!) took us to this temple, of which we had never heard. Small gorgeous temple. Fascinating to see and learn about. Well worth your time to visit this small gem of a temple.
Written 20 October 2019
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Tyler Ho タイラー
Hong Kong, China17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Solo
This temple is serving a god call 'Tin Hau'. Whom protect citizen when Hong Kong still a fishing village.
Temple is combine from 5 parts. Middle one is 'Tin Hau' protecting fisher. other 3 temples is serving the god call "To Tei" and "Shing Wang". "To Tel" and "Shing Wang" is protecting citizen land and castle.

Also there have a college. 1950's before, college was a place for kowloon child to had education. But now has been closed.

Those of the temples having history. And Temple attendant is kind.
Written 18 July 2019
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Linda K
Port Saint Lucie, FL2,273 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Be sure to take a brief detour for a 5-minute visit to this temple which has been a place of visit for 370 years. If not in the neighborhood, don't detour.
Written 8 June 2019
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BubblesnDancing
Bristol, UK78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Enjoyed walking around this temple very much. Also felt very welcome with no pressure to give any donations, this always makes me want to donate more!
The coils smoking away were impressive, saw one being bought, lite and hung on the ceiling. It was very peaceful.
Written 6 June 2019
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