- 31 July 2013 (Sixth Moon, Day 24)
- 124 - 130 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island
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Birthday of Kwan Tai
Kwan Tai’s Birthday falls on the 24th day of the sixth lunar month. You can find the Western calendar date here.
Worshipped somewhat paradoxically by both police and the secret societies they investigate, it could be said that Kwan Tai has the crime and punishment market very well cornered. But the erstwhile Han dynasty (202 BC – 220 AD) general, who became immortalised as the God of War, is widely regarded as a symbol of loyalty and integrity, and therefore appeals to all military-like groups (many Chinese secret societies originated as revolutionary organisations.)
His birthday is marked by elaborate ceremonies across town, including those at the Man Mo Temple on Hong Kong Island, where an ever-burning lamp flickers before Kwan Tai’s statue.
- Take bus 26 from Pacific Place, Admiralty and get off at Man Mo Temple, Hollywood Road.
- MTR Sheung Wan Station Exit A2, walk along Hillier Street toward Queen’s Road Central, and walk to Hollywood Road.