- Sam Dip Tam, Tsuen Wan, New Territories
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Yuen Yuen Institute
Visiting an institute of any kind might not sound like the top item on any holidaymaker’s ‘to-do list’, but a trip to the tranquil grounds of the misleadingly named Yuen Yuen Institute will be a pleasant surprise.
Located in scenic Sam Dip Tam, the Yuen Yuen Institute was founded in 1950 to spread the principles of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism; uphold the eight virtues (filial piety, respect, loyalty, fidelity, propriety, justice, honesty and honour) and promote social welfare.
Its sprawling grounds are a smorgasbord of temples, pavilions, monasteries and prayer halls dedicated to these three religions, and are dotted with decorative gardens and ponds. One of its many worthwhile attractions includes a replica of Beijing's magnificent Temple of Heaven (Tian Tan). The Hall of Rocks Collection features rocks with interesting natural shapes, including those of the 12 creatures of the Chinese zodiac.
MTR Tsuen Wan Station Exit B1, walk for five minutes to Shiu Wo Street and take minibus 81 to Yuen Yuen Institute.