Wong Tai Sin Temple: Taoism goes electronic

Wong Tai Sin Temple: Taoism goes electronic

Deity worship meets modern technology at the new Tai Sui Yuen Chen hall at Wong Tai Sin Temple

The Tai Sui Yuen Chen worshipping hall at Wong Tai Sin Temple opened to the public on January 11. Construction on the hall began in 2008 and cost over HK$100 million.

But they'll break even in no time. Sik Sik Yuen, the Taoist organization that runs the temple charges each visitor a HK$100 entrance fee, considered a high price for a place of worship. Another HK$300 is needed if you want to make a wish to a deity in the Taoist traditional manner.

Well, not entirely traditional. In order to protect the flashy new hall from wear and tear, all worshiping will be done electronically. That means no naked flames and no burning of incense. See our video above for a full demonstration of Hong Kong's most glamorous new method of practicing Taoism.

Wong Tai Sin Temple

2 Chuk Yuen Village, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon
www.siksikyuen.org.hk

 

Edwin Lee was born and raised in Ireland (no, really) and has been cutting his teeth on Hong Kong's media industry since 2005.
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