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Lo Pan Temple, Hong Kong

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Lo Pan Temple is a temple located in Kennedy Town, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong dedicated to Lo Pan (魯班; also transliterated as "Lu Ban"), the patron saint of Chinese builders and contractors.


First built in 1884, it is now classified as a Grade I historic building, and is also part of the Central and Western Heritage Trail-The Western District and the Peak Route.
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  • This is a little hidden gem, the old temple possibly in the entire world devoted to a master carpenter. It's close to the University of Hong Kong. Going down the C exit escalator at HKU station, walk....  more »
  • ...which won’t take you long to visit but is impressive nonetheless. Unlike other temples in HK, this one is unique in terms of its dedication to Lo Pan, the god of builders.  more »
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  • Grade 1 historic building, it is the only traditional Chinese temple dedicated to Lo Pan in Hong Kong.
  • The construction of the temple was made possible by donations from over a thousand companies and individuals in the Chinese mainland, overseas and local community. The site was donated for the construction of the temple by Lee Li Hing (李禮興), a local businessman. The building of a Lo Pan temple in 1884 reflects the mature and blooming construction and building business in Hong Kong at the time. Such was a substantial patronage need for the companies and workers of the trade. The temple is located on a rectangular site on Ching Lin Terrace among a number of terraces in Kennedy Town. It is a two-hall building with a recessed facade. The tall building had an open courtyard between the two halls but now covered. Its gable walls are the most prominent called ‘Five Peaks Paying Tribute to Heaven’(五岳朝天式) having five pointed and sharp-angle wings. The design is a rare example in Hong Kong. The style is very special unlike those of most Chinese historic buildings which are mainly Cantonese. It is close to those of Hunan (湖南) or Fujian (福建) provinces. Most of the features of the temple are unique employing distinguished craftsmanship. The wall paintings, carvings, engravings, ‘water-washed’(polished) greenbricks and the Shiwan ceramics of Gungyuk (均玉) kiln in particular are of supreme quality. The temple was expanded in 1927, and a communal hall with a school was built next to the temple. It is well maintained though not so popular as in the past.
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