Saturday, February 14, 2015

Sketching at Hau Wong Temple 侯王廟甲午冬祭

Hau Wong Temple

I went to a religious gathering at the Hau Wong Temple near Lok Fu this afternoon. In the gathering, Hongkongers came forward to offer joss sticks and prayers in front of Hau Wong, the general who protected the last emperor "Emperor Bing of Song" of the Southern Song Dynasty who fled to Hong Kong. The Southern Song Dynasty ended in 1279 as the Mongols conquered all of China.

The gathering was organised by Hong Kong Resurgence Order

Origin of the Temple (Info from Chinese Temples Committee)

There are different versions of the temple's history. Some believe that it was built to commemorate Yeung Leung Jit, a loyal follower and a marquis of the last Emperors of the Southern Sung Dynasty who fled with the royal family to Kowloon driven by the Mongols. A stone tablet at the courtyard, written by Chan Pak To, a Chinese scholar and officer in the late Qing Dynasty provided an account of the story. Others believe that the temple was built in memory of a villager surnamed Yeung who had cured the Emperor of the Southern Sung of an illness when the emperor family fled to Kowloon City.



建廟緣起 (資料來自華人廟宇委員會)

Hau Wong Temple

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