Tam Kung Festival falls on the eighth day of the fourth lunar month. While theatrical performances were held in the past to celebrate, they’ve since been replaced by processions.
Tam Kung Temple
One of the few Chinese deities known only to Hong Kong, Tam Kung is also a patron of fishermen. He was native of Huizhou in China’s Guangdong province during the Yuan dynasty (1271–1368). According to popular belief, when he was just 12 years old, he already possessed enough supernatural powers to be able to command the wind and rain, cure the sick, and forecast the weather, which made him a huge hit with fishermen. His image as a youthful deity has since stuck.
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This temple is over 100 years old and was renovated in 2002, with its original design carefully preserved. In addition to a statue of Tam Kung, the temple also houses a small wooden junk and a dragon boat; while the iron bell, altar and stone tablet all date back to the Qing dynasty (1644–1911). The boulder in front of the temple is believed to be the seal of Tam Kung, and was laid there over 90 years ago.