Che Kung Temple at Sha Tin

We were able to see many religious temples this years tour.  This one in Sha Tin was very interesting.  This temple located in the Tai Wai area of Sha Tin honors Che Kung, a  military commander of the Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279) whose advantageous  power for suppressing uprisings and plagues made him a household name. In  popular folklore, it’s said that Che Kung escorted the Song dynasty’s last  emperor on his escape to Sai Kung in what is now called the New Territories. His  achievements led to him eventually becoming revered as a god.

The original temple was built here around 300 years ago in a desperate move  to stop an epidemic that was spreading across the Sha Tin area. According to  legend, the epidemic began to subside on the day construction was completed. The  structure you see today was erected in 1993 to accommodate the increasing number  of worshippers during Che Kung’s festival, which happens on the second day of  the Chinese New Year.

See http://www.discoverhongkong.com for more information on this temple.

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