One-of-a-kind temple built by and for construction workers
Protecting construction workers
Lo Pan is the Chinese god of builders and carpenters and his birthday falls on the 13th day of the sixth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. This is one of only two temples dedicated to Lo Pan in the world; the other is in Penang, Malaysia, and it is decidedly less ornate than the one here in Hong Kong.
Grade one historic building
As you would expect from a temple dedicated to construction workers, this structure is one of the most beautiful in Hong Kong, with a dramatic, sharply-gabled roof and elaborate friezes on the façade. Built in 1884, it is now a Grade I historic building.
Lo Pan was a carpenter and engineer who lived between 507 and 440 BC. According to the ancient philosopher Mozi, Lo Pan invented a number of military devices including the cloud ladder, which allowed invading troops to climb walls during a siege. Legend of Lo Pan's ingenuity emerged not long after his death, including a story in which he tricked the Dragon King into giving him his underwater palace.