Lin Fa Temple or Lin Fa Kung is a temple located at the end of Lin Fa Kung Street, which is named after the temple, in Tai Hang district in the southeast area of Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island. It was originally built 1863, during the Qing Dynasty, and was reconstructed in 1986 and 1999. The original use of the temple was a worship place for Kwan Yin (also known as Kwun Yam), the goddess of mercy.
Nowadays, it is a tourist attraction as well as a place for local people to celebrate traditional festivals including the Mid-autumn Festival, when a traditional "fire dragon dance" show will be held. The temple is listed as a Grade I historic building.
Architecture and features :
Although it is not big in size, Lin Fa Temple is specially structured. The front section of the terrace is supported by 10–12 feet high pillars, while the back section is situated on a boulder, which is also called the "Lotus Rock". Nowadays, part of the boulder is hidden by the exterior wall, and the rest of it is exposed and still can be seen.
The roof of the temple is another special feature. On the roof and the upper part of the internal wall, there are murals of flying dragons, phoenixes and arrangement of lotus flowers . The murals of flying dragons are said to be set up because of the annual performance of fire dragon dance, an important event which takes place in Tai Hang district during the Mid-autumn festival.
Lotus Flower Lamps :
Lotus flower lamps can be seen everywhere in the temple. There is also a chamber which collects hundreds of lotus flower lamps. The lotus flower lamps are expected to bless the safety and prosperity of the worshippers and their families.
The design of windows in Lin Fa Temple is unique. There are totally three windows, all of which are made of woods and delicately curved. Around every window there is one or two pairs of Dui Lian (simplified Chinese：对联), a traditional form of Chinese literature. The contents of Dui Lian hanging on the walls are mostly the expressions of praising nature and worshipping Kwun Yam.