Kowloon City Stories / Architecture

Kwun Yum Temple

The opening of the Kwun Yum Treasury falls on the 26th day of the first lunar month
Kwun Yum Temple in Hung Hom
Worshippers pray for good fortune

The Kwun Yum Temple in Hung Hom comes alive hours before the 26th day of the first lunar month, when the Kwun Yum Treasury is said to open. It is the most vibrant day in Hung Hom throughout the year!

Armed with incense and offerings, thousands of worshippers flood the halls of the temple to pray for good fortune in the coming year.

The folk tradition has now evolved into a process of writing down one’s name, birthday and desired sum, before the worshipper draws a red packet. Within each packet is a sum written on a slip of paper, which could go up to hundreds of millions and is believed to bring good luck. This sum indicates the amount of “cash” the worshipper can borrow — but the temple always makes it a point to remind worshippers to return the “money” they borrow at the end of the year.

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