Sunday, 28 June 2015

Wat Maktham Vanaram Thai Buddhist Temple, Tai Po

Thai Buddhism isn't something you would necessarily associate with a place like Tai Po but it turns out that Tai Po is the location of one of several official Thai Buddhist Temples. Now, of course I'm not talking about the rather grand and very ornate temples that you see in Thailand itself, but a much more humble place that has been converted from what seems to be a  couple of old village houses. The temple's name is Wat Maktham Vanaram and is located in a small area referred to on maps as Tin Liu Ha. 

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Lo Pan Temple, Kennedy Town

When I first arrived in Hong Kong to live, back in 2006, I briefly went through a 'fascinated with all Chinese temples' phase and tried to visit as many as I could. One of my favourites still is a small place up on the hillside in Kennedy Town along a small lane called Ching Lin Terrace. It's called Lo Pan Temple and is unique in Hong Kong in several ways that I will explain in a minute. However, it had been lost in the mists of time until I recently reviewed Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (a film I will cover at a later date on my HK and Macau Film Stuff blog) where it was featured at the start of the movie.