Wong Tai Sin Temple, a well-known shrine & major tourist attraction in Hong Kong, is famous for the many prayers answered. I hope it’s true that “what you request is what you get” (有求必应)! 😛
The temple is very accessible, located just next to exit B2 of Wong Tai Sin station on the green Kwun Tong line. I went there on my last day, a rainy Tuesday morning. However, the rain did not deter devout visitors from praying in the temple as there were still many people – Chinese, Koreans, locals etc offering incense & praying to the gods.
Being a well-known shrine & popular tourist attraction, I must say that the temple is very organised. It has an idiot-proof guide for visitors who are unclear how to go about offering incense with clear step-by-step posters prominently displayed near the entrance. Good for me since it is my first time there hehe.
The temple occupies a large compound & it’s quite interesting to see a tall shopping mall as well as high-rise residential buildings surrounding the religious compound. That’s the uniqueness of Hong Kong I guess, where land is scarce & you just need to make full use of the area. 😉
There is also a “Yue Lao” (月下老人), literally a god of marriage and love in Chinese mythology, located in a far corner of the temple. I found this god only after the incense offering & touring most parts of the compound. In front of the statue of Yue Lao is a big banner (written in Chinese) to guide you the correct way to pray to Yue Lao. There is even a guide standing on duty to make sure you are doing it the right way! Apparently if you are a lady, you should pray facing the male statue then tie the red string provided somewhere in between the male statue & the statue of Yue Lao. Quite an interesting experience. 🙂
I must admit I am not a devout Taoist but visiting this famous temple is still an interesting and meaningful experience for me. There is this saying that your beliefs & dreams will come true if you always bear them in your mind, so I shall do that! 祝大家心想事成! 😀