Wong Tai Sin Temple

Changing fortunes for temple soothsayers

Want to know your fortune using divination sticks according to ancient Taoist principles? One of Hong Kong's most famous temples has just the app.

Saturday, 21 January, 2012, 12:00am

Lucky windmills to draw temple crowds

Wong Tai Sin Temple staff are bracing for one million worshippers for this year's annual festivities, and on Lunar New Year's Eve the first 688 visitors will get a blessed windmill.

This auspicious number of worshippers will receive the windmill as part of the temple's 90th anniversary.

1 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Ringing in the Rabbit

Lunar New Year offers a feast of festivities, from fireworks over the harbour to the annual parade, local lion dances and throwing your wishes on a tree in Lam Tsuen. But how best to ring in the new year? Unlike Western traditions that revolve around alcohol and bars, the lunar festival is all about getting outside to gather under the moonlight. Revellers can always mix the two.

27 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

A breath of good luck

Tracy Pang Oi-heung has spent most of her life in the windmill business - traditional Lunar New Year good luck charms - and is still selling them today.

Born in a squatter area near Wong Tai Sin, Pang grew up helping her mother make windmills when she was a child. Today she owns a windmill store at the busy Wong Tai Sin Temple.

25 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Temple worshippers face longer wait to make New Year offerings

Worshippers who gather outside Wong Tai Sin Temple to offer the first joss sticks of the new year are likely to encounter a longer queue than usual on Lunar New Year's Eve.

16 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Sacred portrait moved in ceremony to mark start of Wong Tai Sin Temple redevelopment

Wong Tai Sin Temple kicked off its expansion project by moving its patron deity icon amid gong-banging and chanting.

The 93-year-old portrait, originally from Guangzhou, will remain at the adjacent Fung Ming House for two years while Sik Sik Yuen, a religious charity that owns the temple, demolishes and expands the main platform.

7 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Falling branch injures mainland tourist

A 60-year-old mainland tourist walking near a path leading to Wong Tai Sin Temple was hurt when a branch fell from a tree and hit his leg. The man, part of a tour group, was heading to the temple at about 9am when he was struck by a 6-metre-long branch, which fell from a 15-metre-high tree in a car park on a government site. He was admitted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment.

29 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Jostling sticks

Worshippers struggle to give their offerings as large crowds continued to pack Wong Tai Sin Temple yesterday - the last day of the Lunar New Year holiday. Hundreds of thousands of Hongkongers returned home yesterday, with the Immigration Department saying that by midnight, 444,037 people had entered the city through the airport, Lo Wu, and other border checkpoints.

21 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Trade fair looking to recruit entrepreneurs

An 18-month trade fair in Wong Tai Sin will give hundreds of unemployed people a chance to realise their entrepreneurial dreams - as long as they have a good streak of artistic creativity.

The Creative Arts Playground, to start in November and last until May 2007, will have 50 dry-goods and food stalls and is expected to create more than 500 jobs.

22 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Hong Kong should have student tour guides

I have an idea which would make visitors feel welcome when they came to Hong Kong and improve the language standards of students.

Form Six and second-year university students could become volunteer tour guides.

8 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Urban heritage a hit with Japanese

Japanese tourists expressed satisfaction with Hong Kong yesterday, praising smoky and colourful Wong Tai Sin Temple, despite warnings that the SAR risked driving the country's travellers away because not enough was being done to promote its urban heritage.

12 Aug 2001 - 12:00am

Monk charged with temple assault

A Buddhist monk was charged with assault yesterday after allegedly attacking a fellow worshipper at Wong Tai Sin Temple.

The 30-year-old monk, surnamed Ng, was standing outside the temple when a man kneeling beside him was pushed over by the large crowd and fell on to the monk's feet, witnesses said.

4 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

Thousands flock to Taoist temple wedding ceremony

THOUSANDS of well-wishers flocked to the first wedding this century at Wong Tai Sin Temple, while elsewhere more than 130 couples got married on the most auspicious day of the year yesterday.

14 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Big day awaits temple owners

Worshippers at one of Hong Kong's most popular temples, Wong Tai Sin, will be celebrating the 1,669th birthday of the Taoist deity Wong Tai Sin tomorrow.

The temple, which has given its name to the surrounding district, is owned and managed by the Sik Sik Yuen organisation.

23 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Lucky day set for first weddings

Wong Tai Sin Temple has set December 13 as the luckiest day of the year for weddings and the date of their first marriage ceremonies.

Applications can be made at the temple's general office from October 4 - but there will probably be time for only 50 weddings that day, each expected to last about 20 minutes.

22 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

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