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Wong Tai Sin Temple (Sik Sik Yuen Temple)
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Owner description: Hong Kong’s most famous Taoist temple exemplifies the architecture of a traditional Chinese temple, and is a popular place of worship for those with health or business problems or for those seeking to have their fortunes told.
Singapore
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“Must See Attraction”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

My wife and i visited Hongkong in July 2012. And if you are in HongKong, this is a must see attraction.
The temple conveniently located next to a subway or MTR station. There are also very clear signage leading you to the temple.
There are also personnel on duty to guide you to the main hall of the temple and other parts of the temple.
The temple is big with many smaller sections and a network of walkways leading to various areas within the temple. Its is a traditional temple so it is definitely a must-go for Chinese if you are in HK for the first time. Due to the huge amount of tourist at the temple, and to maintain the deity statues, many areas are cordon off or barricaded so tourist can only view from outside the building instead of entering. The first entrance gateway is significant and opens to an area where religious offerings are sold. There are plenty of statues, stonework, cauldrons, ponds and colourful designs.

Visited July 2013
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Major Tourist Attraction”
Reviewed 11 June 2014

This is a major Taoist Temple and shrine in Northern Kowloon. I had known it as the Sik Sik Yuen Temple at the Wong Tai Sin MTR station only some 6 stops from Yau Ma Tei interchange on the green line. This is a large attraction and has various altars and worshipping areas. It is a delightful stop with the immediate atmosphere of ancient China with architecture and burning incense. On the day we visited there were plenty of local people which I understand to be the norm celebrating and thanking the immortals. The first entrance gateway is significant and opens to an area where religious offerings are sold. There are plenty of statues, stonework, cauldrons, ponds and colourful designs. This is a special and probably one of the best in inner Hong Kong set amidst the tall residential towers. On leaving the Temple there are plenty of fortune telling stalls to amuse. Since it is a busy attraction I suggest an early morning visit and journey to adjacent Diamond Hill Station to view the Nan Lian Gardens which is another must do stop.

Visited May 2014
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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“Glimpses of old China among the residential towers”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

We went on a warm May morning getting there by MTR. You pretty much get out of the exit and you are greeted by stall holders selling incense sticks (which are meant to be lit like a candle in a western church). The temple grounds contain some old stone carvings and a nice garden boasting turtles in the pond.

Whilst it was very crowded there was only a handful of westerners including us, there were mainly chinese tour groups. Legend has it that if you make a wish at this temple lighting incense the wish will come true!

Whilst my wish hasn't come true yet I would rate this as the number one place to have visited on my most recent trip to HK.

Visited May 2014
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George Town, Malaysia
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“Wong Tai Sin Temple, Hong Kong”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

If you are touring HK, this is a must see attraction. It is very conveniently located next to a subway ("MTR" in HK) station and clear signages to lead you to the temple. There are those on duties to lead you correctly to the main hall of the temple and other parts of the temple complexes.

The temple is quite big with many small buildings and a network of pathways to bring to various locations of the temple premises. I particularly like to see the way locals and visitors doing the "kao chim" prayer which is literally means "requesting for stick" as part of their prayer rituals. Each stick has a number or chinese characters on it and supposed to shake them in a container made of bamboo vigorously so that one of the sticks fall out from the container. That stick will be used to read out what you have requested for... As to how to read the stick, there are rows of "experts" at the temple to decipher the "code" for you for a small fee.

The temple also has plenty of deities' statutes located in many places and all of them have some significance one way and another. Entrance is free basically but you can donate some money (any amount is welcome) for the maintenance of the temple.

It is a place where you can see locals perform one of their long standing ritual ~ this sight is quite common if you have visited places where Chinese community is abundant, such as Malaysia and Singapore. Nevertheless, for each places the culture is always intertwined delicately and beautifully with the local's environment.

Visited May 2014
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Hong Kong, China
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“Temple in centre of city”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

We live in Hong Kong but we love to come here on the weekend occasionally, a beautiful park like temple right in the middle of the pulsating city of HK. As tranquil as you can feel in HK. Try it and enjoy!

Visited April 2014
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