The Birthday of Tam Kung is one of the four classic traditional festivals in the fourth Lunar month that celebrate Hong Kong’s living culture. It is normally held in April or May in the Western calendar.
We would like to inform you that this year’s festivities will be on May 12, 2019.
In addition, together with the Tin Hau Festival, Lord Buddha’s Birthday and the Cheung Chau Bun Festival, the Birthday of Tam Kung is a great chance to experience the rich culture and traditions.
The culture says that Tam Kung or Lord Tam the Sea God come from Guangdong Province in China. According to the legend, when he was a young boy, he had already the powers to contain the winds and the storms, making him a popular amongst the fishermen. Also, with Tin Hau, the Goddess of the Sea, he became a patron deity of the seafarers.
On the other hand, the Tam Kung festival is a very colorful celebration that takes place by the Tam Kung Temple in Shau Kei Wan on Hong Kong Island.
There is a lively procession with many colorful floats and the customary dragon and lion dances, the acrobats and martial arts performers, and of course lots of drums and gongs to add to the fanfare.
Birthday of Tam Kung 2019
When? This year’s celebrations will be on May 12, 2019 – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Where? The Tam Kung Temple in Shau Kei Wan, parade from Shau Kei Wan Street East to Tam Kung Temple.
How Much? FREE.
The Tam Kung Temple in Shau Kei Wan can be easily reached with the MTR. Certainly, it is only a 20-minute ride from the Central MTR station.
We recommend you to take the Island Line (Light Blue) direction Chai Wan and get off at Shau Kei Wan Station Exit D1. Then, follow the crowds to Tam Kung Temple Road which is only a 5-minute walk from the station.
Finally, we advise you to visit Hong Kong during this time to enjoy this wonderful festival!