Sing and I have completely different tastes. In Shanghai we stare at two different sides of the bund – I will lose my breath looking at all the skyscrapers and he will take pictures of the European-style buildings.
I guess the grass is always greener and the architecture and culture is more attractive on the other side of the border.
For the very same reason my husband will force me to visit multiple churches and I will get crazy at the temples.
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, Pak Tai Temple (which you can see in my previous post by clicking here), you name it. I’m fascinated by my husband’s culture and I try to embrace it as much as I embrace mine.
There was no way I could miss probably the most famous of all the Hong Kong temples – Wong Tai Sin. It is dedicated to Wong Tai Sin, also known as Red Pine Immortal (赤松仙子). It is believed that every wish you make in this temple will come true. Well, Momzilla just booked her ticket to Ireland so I call it fake, but maybe you will be more lucky.
The temple includes a Nine-Dragon Wall , the Three-Saint Hall (三聖堂), Grand Hall, the Good Wish Garden a portrait of Confucius and a collection of Confucian, Taoist, and Buddhist literature. The temple grounds also feature three memorial archways.
There are people like me who go there to experience this place, but most of the people will actually go and pray. Burning incense or fortune telling is very common. It’s the first time I had a chance to see people offering food to the good in real life – mostly oranges and meat.
These were the facts, but why I chose to talk specifically about this temple? Because it made me cry. Literally. I don’t know what that was, but for a period of time I was speechless. Have you ever felt so small comparing to what you’re facing? I think that is the feeling.
The beauty, focus on the details. Faces of statues were so real, like another human looking at you. The smell of burnt incense. The colorful architecture.
And all the people around, praying and sending their wishes. It all felt ‘big’. Then I just snapped and tears were dropping down. I had it few times in my local church as well, I guess I’m that kind of weird, too emotional person.
I strongly, strongly recommend Wong Tai Sin as your ‘must see’. Or maybe I should say ‘must experience’? Hopefully you will feel as moved and amazed as I did.
Let the pictures we took help you in making the decision!
What is your favorite temple/church/shrine etc.? What took your breath away? Let me know if you share my feelings towards foreign cultures! 🙂