Today, I went looking for some ruins and instead came across a “meeting place of gods”. From destruction to creation, life kinda came back a full circle.
I had read about disused army barracks in Fanling, Hong Kong which is near China border. The barracks from Hong Kong’s colonial past also have Hindu temples which have a very unique architecture.
The temples were constructed for the Gurkha Regiment to worship at, and were dedicated to Hindu god, Shiva. (The Nepalese community are an integral part of the Hong Kong society and came with the British during the colonial times)
I had read about these temples in Time Out and had set out to discover them. The barracks were positioned close to border to keep sight on any illegal crossings from across China.
There is a lot of construction activity in Fanling. The area called Queen’s Hill camp, where the barracks are located, is earmarked for public housing. The area is quite desolated and villages near the border are mostly abandoned. I could only see construction workers and stray dogs.
I couldn’t find the temples and the shrubbery was too dense. I was going to return home disappointed except, I came across a kind lady who told me about Lungshan Temple nearby. The Buddhist temple is also called the “meeting place for gods” for its pantheon of deities worshipped here.
Lungshan means “Dragon Mountain” and you can see the serpent just about everywhere in the temple.
Feng shui elements are also integrated in the architecture of the temple. The crab signifies achieving goals; the bat is for prosperity; the fish is for good luck and the tiger is for power.
The opulence is overpowering and yet very aesthetic.
The grand entrance to the temple has a majestic door. People just don’t make doors like this any more.
The trip on the way back was like end of the world experience. There was no one. I was almost expecting zombies to emerge. The tunnels, the villages and the roads were near empty barring the construction workers.
From destruction to construction; from old to new; from end to new beginnings. That was my experience today. Sometimes, life does give you back bountifully. What you set out to find & what you come by do make the journey worthwhile. Hope your Saturday was as enlightening as mine.