Yuk Hui Temple on Pak She Street in Cheung Chau is also known as Pak Tai Temple since it is dedicated to Pak Tai. 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.
It is said that a plague broke out in Cheung Chau in the 42nd year of Qianlong reign (1777) of the Qing Dynasty. Some islanders carried an image of the deity from Huiyang County to the island to suppress the plague, bringing health and prosperity to the island thereafter. Yuk Hui Temple was thus built in the 48th year of the same reign (1783) for the worship of Pak Tai. Yuk Hui Temple has all along been a religious centre of Cheung Chau. The internationally famous Cheung Chau Jiao Festival (also known as the “Bun Festival”) is held right in front of the Temple on the 8th day of the 4th lunar month every year. The deity statue of Pak Tai and Tin Hau of Pak She Tin Hau Temple will be carried on armchairs marching through major sheets on the island.
Yuk Hui Temple, Cheung Chau was rated Grade 1 historic building in 2010.
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