- Junction of Junction Road and Tung Tau Tsuen Road, Kowloon City, Kowloon
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Hau Wong Temple
There are two conflicting legends explaining the origins of this temple, which was built in 1730. One says it was constructed to commemorate Hau Wong (Marquis Prince) Yeung Leung-jit, a Chinese general who helped the last emperor of the Song dynasty (960–1279) escape a sticky fate at the hands of invading forces by providing him refuge in Kowloon. The other alleges that the temple was dedicated to a local inhabitant who cured the Song emperor of an illness.
However, it appears the tale of Hau Wong has triumphed, as the main hall facing the temple’s entrance houses his image. The temple also carries a wealth of cultural artefacts, including groups of reliefs on the walls, an iron incense burner dedicated to Hau Wong, Chinese calligraphy and a number of plaques. The complex includes a small garden which has walls decorated with brightly coloured figurines made from Shek Wan pottery, and the temple has been listed as a Grade I historical building.