Tin Hau Temple
Tin Hau Temple
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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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The area
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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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China20,278 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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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,735 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Solo
An interesting temple to visit in Ya Ma Tei is the Tin Hau Temple. This is a Grade I historic building that is open around 9am to 5pm daily.

There are many temples around Hong Kong dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea (Tin Hau). This one is interesting for two reasons. First, its location is very odd in the middle of Kowloon Peninsula. Second, visitors will find a nice Replica Nine Dragon Wall that is worth spending a few minutes to enjoy.

First, historically the temple was constructed around 1864 at what was once the waterfront. However, massive land reclamations since that time have changed everything, resulting in this Tin Hau Temple no longer being next to the sea but instead being situated in a busy urban area of the Kowloon Peninsula. Regardless, worshippers here still pay homage to Tin Hau at this temple in Ya Ma Tai.

A quick note as well that the Tin Hau temple is fairly typical of 19th-century Chinese architecture. You'll find a gray brick exterior, facade with murals above the entrance. There are stone lions mounted outside as well. Within, you find shrines, many deity figures, an open interior courtyard with hanging incense coils and rows of lanterns.

Outside of the temple you will find a memorial archway, pavilion as well as the highlight of the Tin Hau Temple - the Replica Nine Dragon Wall which is found on the east side of the temple facing Nathan Road. This is an impressive monument, one of two here in Hong Kong, along with the fellow Nine Dragon Wall replica at Wong Tai Sin Temple in Kowloon Tong. Give it a few minutes to enjoy if you plan to visit the Tin Hau Temple in Ya Ma Tai.
Written 19 March 2019
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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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Alan H
Leicestershire, UK131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Friends
A real, 'lived in' temple. Tourists were well outnumbered by ordinary chinese working people from the locality offering prayers and thanks to ancestors and/or their god. Whatever your belief, or lack of, this is an experience not to be missed. Use a camera inside at your peril - these people are at worship and do NOT appreciate such intrusions. Be satisfied with the memory of peace and tranquility in bustling Kowloon.
Written 18 April 2014
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DinFrance
Stroud, UK532 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Family
Stumbled into this on the end of Temple Street market (although I suppose the street name should have been a clue).

After the forced pain of the market this was a veritable blessing. A big smack of authenticity is what you need every now and then in HK. Loved the atmosphere and the whole ambience. Seems a million miles away from the hustle and commercialisation outside.
Written 7 March 2014
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,735 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Couples
Near The Jade Market and Temple Street night market in Ya Ma Tei district, you can make a visit to the Tin Hau Temple. While this is not one the best temple visit experiences in Hong Kong, it is ok for a quick stop, look and see if you are planning to be in this area for the markets and are not planning to see other temples in Hong Kong.

There is a very nice Nine Dragon Wall in the public space that faces Nathan Road that is probably the best reason to stop here. This is a replica of the important Nine Dragon Walls in Beijing. Another can be found at the Wong Tai Sin Temple, also in Kowloon.

The temple, itself, is typical of those dedicated to Tin Hau, of which there are over 70 in Hong Kong. Here you will find a fairly typical temple interior with statues, offerings and burning incense coils. It is a familiar scene to many of our other temples dedicated to Tin Hau throughout the territory. There is also a nice public space on both sides of the temple, offering plenty of shade under tall trees. There are a fair number of benches here as well to rest your feet. Unfortunately, they ask for no photography in the temple (it isn't very photogenic so not to worry).

Overall, this is just an average temple visit in Hong Kong, there are much more interesting ones to see. However the location makes it accessible and potentially worth a visit for those seeking to spend time in the nearby Jade Market and Temple Street night markets. Also, having a look at the Nine Dragon Wall is worth your time, if you decide to visit the Tin Hau Temple in Ya Ma Tai. Otherwise, you might prefer to save your temple visits to the likes of Wong Tai Sin (Wong Tai Sin - MTR), Chi Lin Monastery (Diamond Hill - MTR) and one of our very favorites, Man Fat Sze (10,000 Buddha) Monastery (Sha Tin - MTR).
Written 14 August 2012
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Angelina A
Singapore, Singapore594 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017
Is near to Noble Park Hotel and Temple Street. From Temple Street,crossed road walked straight will passed by an red wall painted Mahjong(very attractive during night due to its shining signboard) and turned left climbed up a 3 steps staircase at the right is Tin Hau Temple. Went in have a look. There are many big round 'cylinder shape' joss stick hanging on top. Is a small temple but a few ppl worshipping. There is an uncle with wheelchair right outside asking for money,who coming out from the temple.
Written 14 March 2017
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Hong Kong, China5,824 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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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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Michael_Teoh
Singapore, Singapore425 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
The old temple are at beside the temple street night market. The temple are not big but well maintain.Good to visit.
Written 25 April 2017
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