Visit the Goddess of Mercy

The oldest temple in the area around Central district is dedicated to the Taoist Goddess of Mercy, Kwun Yum, who is also revered by Buddhists under the name Guan Yin. The temple was established in 1840, after an unusual piece of driftwood found on the shore of Hong Kong Island was deemed to be an incarnation of the Goddess. A master craftsman from Foshan was engaged to carve it into her likeness, and the temple was built to house it. Kwun Yum’s birthday, the date of which varies according to the lunar calendar, is celebrated in Hong Kong as a festival and attracts a large crowd of worshippers who kneel outside the temple to pay tribute. Since June 2014 the Kwun Yum (Goddess of Mercy) Festival has been listed in the Intangible Cultural Heritage Inventory of Hong Kong in the Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events domain.