Wong Tai Sin Temple
At the mere mention of the fortune-teller Wong Tai Sin, the first image to appear in most people’s minds is the renowned Wong Tai Sin Tempe in Hong Kong. As a matter of fact, Guangzhou was the first place Wang Tai Sin arrived at when he came to South China, and the place he became famous. The Wong Tai Sin Temple in Guangzhou also has memorial stories.
Becoming Famous in Guangzhou
ong Tai Sin, who’s original name was Wong Chuping, was born in Zhejiang Province in A.D.328.
From the age of 8 to 15, he herded sheep. Then he began to follow Taoism. It is said that he became immortal 40 years later, and that when he shouted at some white stones, they turned into sheep in front of his brother. When he came to Guangzhou, his name became known by people around Hong Kong, Macao and the Pearl River Delta.
Wong Tai Sin Temple in Guangzhou
In 1899, the first Wong Tai Sin Temple in Guangzhou was built not far away from White Goose Pond, a site believed by many to have made Wong Tai Sin worshipped by more and more people. After it was built, many people came to worship Wong Tai Sin. However, in The War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression in the 1940s, it was destroyed.
It wasn’t until the late 1990s that the rebuilding of the temple started in Guangzhou. The new temple was completed in 2004. Different from traditional temples, which have three rows of halls, the new Wong Tai Sin Temple is built in a modern style which gives people the impression of space. More specifically, the main body of the building, Wong Tai Sin Hall, is located on an invisible central axis, while the other halls and rest of the building spread out on either side of the axis.
The overall architectural style of the temple is similar to, but larger than the Wong Tai Sin Temple in Hong Kong.
(By Du Man，Alan Devey)