Sunday, January 20, 2013

2012 HK Trip - Wong Tai Sin Temple (黃大仙祠) Part 6

Location: Wong Tai Sin (黃大仙), S.A.R. Hong Kong, China

Continuing the walk from the last article, blossomed flowers and running waters extended from one end of the garden to the other. Where ponds of koi and thundering waterfalls greeted us at one end, another pond of tortoises bade us farewell on the other end.

From colorful flowers to whispering streams, one could enjoy the scenic walk through the covered walkways zigzagging through and over the elements.

In accordance with traditional Chinese and Buddhist elements, the walkways were dressed in brilliant colors, all topped with an upturned eaves.

With the exception of fire, all the traditional Chinese elements of wood, metal, water and earth balance each other in the garden.

The walk in the gardens could take between half an hour to an hour long, but we did not mind. The scenic route was quite enchanting, taking the mind away from mundane matters of the world. Listening to the whispering streams and taking in the scent of flower and damp earth was worthy of every minute we spent over there.

I loved this photo because of how it showed the calmness of things in the picture.

Part of the garden was trimmed with symbols related to the temple.

Where one end of the garden was filled with koi, the other end was filled with tortoises, guarded by statue of the dragon tortoise, which as its namesake suggests, part dragon and part tortoise.

Lots of tortoises in the pond...

Map taken from SikSikYuen's website. The area marked #5 is the gardens.

On the penultimate walk around the temple, we visited the area where Yue Lao (月老) resided, watching people prayed for their fortune in love.

More reading is available here for the interested reader:

Environment:         A huge temple complex in the middle of the city
Suitable for:           Pray for your wish for it to be granted, since that is what it is famous for.

Opening Hours:      (Temple) Daily 7.00a.m. - 5.30p.m.

                                (Office) Daily 8.00a.m. - 5.30p.m.
                                (Good Wish Garden) Daily 9.00a.m. - 4.30p.m.

Address:                 2, Chuk Yuen Village, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon
Getting there:        Take the MTR to Wong Tai Sin station and exit. Follow the signs to the temple.
Additional info:      Sik Sik Yuen website

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