Joss House Bay Tin Hau Temple (大廟灣天后廟)
Place: Joss House Bay (Tai Miu Wan), Sai Kung, New Territories
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Joss House Bay, also known as Tai Miu Wan (大廟灣) indigenously, is near the south end of Clear Water Bay Peninsula (清水灣半島) in Hong Kong.
The Cantonese name Tai Miu Wan (大廟灣) means the bay of large temple after the oldest Tin Hau Temple in Hong Kong.
The Tin Hau Temple was a large joss house built in 1266. It is the oldest and biggest Tin Hau Temple in Hong Kong so it is called the Big Temple. It is a Grade I Historic Building. The temple is located near Fat Tong Mun (佛堂門), the channel between the peninsula and Tung Lung Chau (東龍洲) on the major channel along the sea route in the South China. It was founded by the Lam family in former Po Kong in Kowloon.
Rock Inscription at Joss House Bay (大廟灣刻石) is a one of Declared monuments of Hong Kong. This inscription is dated to the Jiashu year of Xianchun reign of Southern Song Dynasty (i.e. 1274 AD) (南宋咸淳甲戌). It is the oldest dated inscription found in Hong Kong, which records a visit by an officer in charge of the salt administration. It also gives the history of two temples, north and south of Joss House Bay
Rock Inscription at Joss House Bay (大廟灣刻石)
Directions : Po Lam MTR Exit A2, take minibus 16 to Clear Water Bay Country Club, then walk for several minutes following signs.
Ferry service to Joss House Bay
available from North Point Ferry Pier during Tin Hau Festival
Labels: new territories, sai kung, tin hau festival, tin hau temple, 大廟灣, 大廟灣刻石, 天后廟