Kwun Yum Temple, Hung Hom [1873- ] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Kwun Yum Temple, Hung Hom [1873- ]

Current condition: 
In use
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The Kwun Yum Temple is the most famous among the great number of them in the territory. It was built in 1873.

In 1909, a road was constructed to connect Hung Hom with Tsim Sha Tsui and Kowloon City. When workers were digging in the hilly areas, red water spouted from the ground. It was rumoured that the vein of the dragon that inhabited in that area had been ruptured as a result of the work. The workers were frightened to continue with the road construction. Despite laboratory findings that the colour of the water was due to a mixture of underground deposits of sulphur and mercury, the workers were still worried and donated money to renovate the temple in the belief that Kwun Yum would be able to help them to avert any subsequent disaster.

During the second World War, it was said that Hung Hom district was under two rounds of heavy bombardments by the Japanese, aiming at destroying the Whampoa Dock. There were heavy casualties in the adjacent school but those people taking shelter in the temple were unharmed. The residents in the area believed that it was a miracle of Kwun Yum.


Photos that show this place


The temple in 1910

kun yum temple 1910.png
kun yum temple 1910.png, by simtang


The temple in the 30s


1930s kun yam temple.jpg
1930s kun yam temple.jpg, by simtang


temple in late 50s

kun yan temple after 1958 no hiill.jpg
kun yan temple after 1958 no hiill.jpg, by simtang