Yuk Hui Temple, also known as Pak Tai Temple, is a taoist temple located on the island of Cheung Chau, Hong Kong. The temple is listed as a Grade I historic building. It is most famous for the Cheung Chau Bun Festival , which is a Taoist ceremony held annually on Cheung Chau island. The festival takes place on the 8th day of the fourth month of the lunar calendar, which occurs usually in April or May. The festival lasts for seven days. It attracts many tourists and Pak Tai worshipers.
The main deity of Yuk Hui Temple is Pak Tai, alternatively known as Yuen Tin Sheung Tai, the Supreme Emperor of the Northern Heaven or the Mysterious Heaven. The temple also houses Guanyin (Goddess of Mercy), Tai Sui (the Sixty Gods of Time), Tin Hau, The old man under the moon (the God of Matchmaking) and Tu Di Gong (a local earth god).
Cultural and Historical Relics:
The iron sword is reputed to be the most significant treasure in Yuk Hui Temple. It was made in the Song Dynasty about 800 years ago.
The golden crown worn by the main Pak Tai statue is made of 20-ounce gold and hung with pearls.
Other antiques include:
- A wooden sedan chair made in 1894, which was used to carry the image of the Pak Tai;
- A pair of incense burners which was donated by the Chinese Temples Committee in 1960 in memory of the visit of Mr. Burgess, the former government administrating officer, in 1959;
- Two stone pillars in a shape of two dragons from two gigantic pieces of solid granite, which were carved out in 1903;
- A stone caldron made in 1894, and
- A bronze bell made in 1784.
The building of the grand temple takes into account the spiritual location or 'Feng Shui'. The temple is considered to have good 'Feng Shui' since it is located on the pulse of the dragon, which stretch to the island from Lantau Island
nearby, with the sea in front and the mountains of Hong Kong Island protecting from behind). Allegedly, this is also why Yuk Hui Temple has been the most popular temple on the island for a long time. The temple is in traditional Chinese style with a roof of detailed green concave tiles, ridges and ceramic figurines. Figures of stone lions can be found all around the architecture and this temple has the most stone lions (4) among Hong Kong temples.