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Tam Kung Temple, Shau Kei Wan [1905- ]

Current condition: 
In use
Date Place completed: 
c.1905-01-01 (Month, Day are approximate)

Tam Kung (Chinese: 譚公; lit. 'Lord Tam') or Tam Tai Sin (譚大仙) is a sea deity worshiped in Hong Kong and Macau.

In Chinese folk legends, Tam Kung was one of gods who could forecast the weather. He was born in Huizhou Prefecture. It was said that he could cure patients in his childhood. Tam Kung became an immortal in heaven at the age of twenty in the Nine-dragon Mountain in Huizhou. He was officially deified during the Qing dynasty. People whose ancestral home are in Huizhou or Chaoshan of Guangdong province worship Tam Kung most sincerely.

The Tam Kung Sin Shing Temple (譚公仙聖廟) is located along Tam Kung Temple Road, at the northern end of Shau Kei Wan Main Street East, in A Kung Ngam, Shau Kei Wan. It was originally a small shrine. Local people raised money to construct it in 1905 and reconstructed it many times afterwards.

The statue of Tam Kung, which was first worshipped among the other gods in the temple, was formerly positioned in the Tam Kung Temple in Tam Kung Road (譚公道) in Kowloon City. There is a big rock in front of the temple and is believed to be Tam Kung's magic stamp. Local residents and fishermen are the sincere worshippers. On the birthday of Tam Kung (8th day of the 4th month in Chinese calendar), they will have a celebration and play a so-called "kung fu" show which is a major part of the celebration. A parade and dragon dance are also held on this occasion.

The temple has been managed by the Chinese Temples Committee since 1928.The temple is a former Grade I historic building. It is a Grade III historic building since April 2013.

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Wikipedia also reports of Tam Kung Temples in Tin Wan, Happy Valley, and Ping Chau.

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Hi Klaus,

I believe there at least two others.  One in Happy Valley where David had another thread for it somewhere.  The other one I knew of is in The Tin Wan area, just around where Shek Pai Wan Road meets Pokfulam Road.