Tsing Shan Monastery, also known as Tsing Shan Temple, nestles on the hillside of Castle Peak in Tuen Mun. The Monastery and Ling To Monastery and Ling Wan Monastery in Yuen Long are “The 3 Ancient Temples in Hong Kong”.
The history of Tsing Shan Monastery can be traced back to Lau Song Dynasty (420 - 479) of the Northern and Southern Dynasties. Legend has it that an accomplished Buddhist monk, Master Pui To (water-crossing on a cup), lived in seclusion in Castle Peak during the Lau Song Dynasty, earning Castle Peak another name of Pui To Mountain. It is said that the original monastery was desolate as residents moved inland in compliance with a relocation order in early years of the Qing Dynasty (1636 - 1912). In 1829, the To clan built a Taoist temple named Tsing Wan Kwun. In the late 1910s, the then abbot of Tsing Wan Kwun built Tsing Shan Monastery nearby the Taoist temple.
Tsing Shan Monastery is composed of building complexes full of distinctive architectural features. Of them, the ridge of Tai Hung Po Din is decorated with Shiwan glazed ceramic opera figurines, while Mountain Gatehouse, Guest Hall and Hall of Merit are decorated with mouldings with exquisite craftsmanship.
The building complexes of the Monastery have considerable heritage value. In 2010, “Heung Hoi Ming Shan” Pai-lau, Tai Hung Po Din, Bodhisattva and Ksitigarbha Hall, Mountain Gatehouse and Hall for the Protection of the Law were rated Grade 1 historic buildings; “Absolute Gate of the Law” Pai-lau, Dormitory, Guest Hall, Devotee’s Forest and Kwun Yum Pavilion were rated Grade 2 historic buildings; and Hall of Merit was rated Grade 3 historic building.
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