|Shui Yuet Temple, Ap Lei Chau 鴨脷洲觀音
The exact time for the construction of the Shui Yuet temple cannot be traced. However, from the dates written on the plaque
hanging in the temple and the inscriptions on the stone tablet which commemorates the reconstruction work, the temple
should already be in existence in 1891.
Kwun Yam - Goddess of Mercy (觀音)
Kwun Yam or Kwun Sai Yam (觀世音) has been known for centuries as a deity of sympathy, compassion and mercy, hearing the
pleas of those who are suffering. She is worshipped by people of both the Taoist and Buddhist religions. In earlier times, Kwun
Yam was a male divinity, but evolved to be a female deity during the Tang Dynasty. Arising from a saying that Kwun Yam studied
Taoist teachings on lotus blossoms, some Kwun Yam Temples are also called Lin Fa Kung or Palace of Lotus Flower (蓮花宮).
Temples dedicated to Kwun Yam are often alternatively known as Shui Yuet Kung (水月宮) or Palace of Water and Moon, which
stands for all that is quiet and peaceful and detached from the material world.
Apart from Kwun Yam (the Goddess of Mercy), the temple near the Ap Lei Chau waterfront also houses All Saints (All Saints
include Kwan Tai (the God of War), Tin Hau (the Goddess of the Sea), Jai Kung (the Beggar Monk of Good Character), and Wong
Tai Sin (a God of Medicine)).
Kwun Yam Festival
Traditionally, there are four festivals in the lunar year in honour of Kwun Yam. They fall on the 19th day of the second, sixth,
ninth and eleventh lunar months and these days correspond respectively to her birth, ordination, deification and assumption as
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