July 16, 2015

"One of Hong Kong's most important Taoist temples is Fung Ying Seen Koon."

The Standard It catches the eye with its massive orange-tiled double roof, built in traditional Chinese design and supported by stout red pillars of stone. by Kirby Kuek

'The beautiful structure dominates the skyline of Fan Ling.

'The temple, or koon, was moved from Guangzhou more than 80 years ago.

'Founded in 1929, Fung Ying Seen Koon was named after the two fairy islands of Fung Lai and Ying Chau, and is believed by many to be the dwelling place of immortals. From the larger structures, such as its pavilions and halls, to its tinier details, including the tiles and decorative elements, the koon is a paradigm of Taoist design. Traditional feng shui places great importance on architecture.

'The blue ceiling inside the main palace, which is called the Great Palace of the Three Sages, represents the heavens.

'If you look up you can also spot clouds, ornamental columns and fairy crowns on the ceiling. In front of the temple's ancestral hall is the Wall of Tao Te Ching, where 81 chapters of the work Tao Te Ching by the philosopher Lao Tzu are inscribed.

'In line with many of Hong Kong's larger koons, a vegetarian restaurant serves visitors with traditional dishes.
Not many know it, but Ip Man's graveyard is beside a hill slope next to the koon. Ip Man is the founder of the Wing Chun school of martial art and the sifu for Bruce Lee.'

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