Sam Tai Tsz Temple, Sham Shui Po is located at Yu Chau Street. It is the only temple in Hong Kong mainly dedicated to Sam Tai Tsz (who is better known by the name "Na Cha").
Sam Tai Tsz was the 3rd son of great general Li Jing in Chinese folklore and was known for his ability to overcome demons. As the story goes, in 1894, a plague rapidly spread throughout Hong Kong. People thought those infected were haunted by demons. Residents of Hakka origin in Sham Shui Po brought the statue of Sam Tai Tsz from Huizhou, Guangdong to the district to drive away the evils. After a parade of the statue in the area, the plague was subsided. Residents then built the Temple in 1898 for worshipping Sam Tai Tsz. The Temple is still keeping some cultural relics from the late years of the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911), such as bells.
Pak Tai Temple next to Sam Tai Tsz Temple was built by local fishermen in 1920.
Pak Tai, alternatively known as “Zhenwu Celestial Lord” and “Yuen Tin Sheung Tai” (Supreme Emperor of the Dark Heaven), is worshipped for longevity, relief of water-related risks and safe voyage. Legend also has it that Pak Tai defeated the Demon King and was awarded the title of Supreme Emperor of the Dark Heaven.
Sam Tai Tsz Temple and Pak Tai Temple, Sham Shui Po were rated Grade 2 and Grade 3 historic buildings in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
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